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World Bank project disburses N102.4m to 8,475 schoolgirls in Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE), a World Bank-supported project, on Thursday began disbursement of N102.4 million Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to 8,475 schoolgirls in the state.

At the disbursement ceremony in Kaduna, the Project Coordinator, Mrs Maryam Dangaji, said that the CCT intervention was an incentive to promote girl child school enrollment, retention, and completion.

Dangaji said that the incentive was also to encourage parents and caregivers to ensure that the girls transit from one class to another.

“The initiative is to support girls that were prevented from attending schools due to hawking and other commercial activities at home.

“This is because available research shows that most girls stop their education at primary six while others manage to reach Junior Secondary School (JSS).

“The essence of the CCT was to ensure that the girls transit from primary six to JSS I and from JSS I to Senior Secondary School (SSS) classes.

“The target classes for the cash transfer are primary six, JSS I and SSS I,” she said.

She said that the girls would receive N5,000 at the point of registration and every term the girls would receive N10,000 for JSS classes and N15,000 for SSS classes.

She explained that schools in 15 out of the 23 Local Government Areas would benefit and were selected based on poverty ranking and low transition.

She added that no fewer than 30,000 girls were expected to benefit from CCT in four cohorts within the life span of the project.

The Project Coordinator said that the four cohort covers girls transitioning from primary six to secondary and girls transitioning from JSS 3 to SSS I.

She said that the 8,475 girls comprising 4,944 JSS1 girls and 3,404 SSS1 girls would benefit from the first cohort CCT amounting to N102.4 million.

She added that each of the 4,944 JSS I girls would receive 10,000, amounting to N49.4 million, while each of the 3,404 SSS I girls would receive N15,000 amounting to N52.9 million.

Dangaji, however, said that the subsequent payment would be done on the condition that the girls achieve 70 to 80 per cent attendance in classes and do very well in their studies.

“I am urging the parents and caregivers to use the money for which it was meant for and ensure their girls are enrolled in school, remain in school, learn and transit to the next class,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr Haliru Soba, said that measure was part of efforts to promote girl child education in the quest for human capital development.

Soba said that the CCT would ensure that children of the poor attend school regularly, learn, and transit to the next class up to senior secondary school and graduate.

He also called on the parents to use the fund judiciously and ensure that their girl child did not drop out of school but complete secondary school education.

One of the secondary school principals at the event, Mrs Austin Dukas, commended the World Bank for the initiative, describing it as “crucial” to the promotion of girl child education in the state.

Reports gathered that the objective of the AGILE project is to help improve secondary education opportunities among girls in targeted communities.

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CBN disowns notice on cryptocurrency transactions

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The Central Bank of Nigeria says a notice circulating on social media about the risk of cryptocurrency is fake news.

The Apex disclosed this via its official X account, urging the public to disregard the purported notice for all Deposits Money Bank, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, and other Financial Institutions.

The notice reminded “Institutions that dealing in cryptocurrencies and facilitating payments for cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited”.

However, CBN said the content doesn’t originate from it.

“This information does not originate from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“For authentic updates, please visit the official website,” CBN wrote.

Recall that the CBN governor, during the Bank’s 293rd Monetary Policy Committee meeting, said over $26 billion funnelled through Binance.

On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ola Olukoyede, said the anti-graft agency froze about 300 accounts to ensure the safety of the foreign exchange market.

The Nigerian government had continued clamping down on Binance and other cryptocurrency platforms amid efforts to defend the Naira in the foreign exchange market.

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Biden says U.S. will begin sending weapons to Ukraine

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U.S. President Joe Biden wants to start delivering of weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week.
The president said this shortly after the U.S. Senate approved billions of dollars in new aid for the country under attack from Russia.
“I will sign this bill into law and address the American people as soon as it reaches my desk tomorrow so we can begin sending weapons and equipment to Ukraine this week,” Biden said.
By passing the legislative package, which also includes billions of dollars in aid for Israel and Taiwan, the U.S. Congress has demonstrated the power of American leadership in the world, Biden added.
“We stand resolutely for democracy and freedom, and against tyranny and oppression.”
There is an urgent need for support for Ukraine, which is being subjected to relentless bombardment from Russia, Biden said.
The bill also contains aid for Israel, which has recently faced unprecedented attacks from Iran.
“This critical legislation will make our nation and world more secure as we support our friends who are defending themselves against terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin,” Biden said.
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NSCDC deploys personnel to JAMB CBT centres in Anambra

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said it has deployed personnel to ensure a hitch-free 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Anambra.

The state Commandant, Olatunde Maku, stated this after monitoring the conduct of the exams across CBT centres in Awka, on Wednesday.

Some of the centres visited are, Integral Development Konsult on Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, White House in Awka, JAMB Centre located inside JAMB office in Amawbia and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Others are St. John of God ICT Hub, Awka and Kachukwu Ventures Staff Development Centre, behind Government House in Awka.

The examination centres take candidates in three batches: 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Maku said that the synergy between NSCDC and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had yielded positive results in reducing exam malpractice.

He said that the monitoring of the centres would continue till the end of the examination period, to ensure a seamless conduct of the exercise and promote transparency.

“We are firm in our determination to protect critical national assets and infrastructure including JAMB centres.

“Which was why the NSCDC deployed personnel to JAMB CBT centres in the state to ensure security and so far they have been professional in carrying out their mandate,” he said.

Maku advised candidates writing the 2024 UTME to be law abiding and avoid being in possession of prohibited or incriminating items during the examination.

He warned unauthorised persons against loitering around designated exam centre, adding that anyone found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted.

Also speaking, Mrs Jema Iheme, JAMB Coordinator, Anambra state, commended NSCDC for their support and for ensuring security of candidates and staff at the exam centres.

Iheme said that the swift response of NSCDC to emergencies and enforcement of exam rules and regulations was contributing to a smooth and secured exam process so far.

NAN also reports that about 1.9 million candidates are expected to write the JAMB UTME, which commenced on April 19 and would end on April 29.

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