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2017 budget: Niger Delta Youths Reject 35bn Allocation For Capital Project

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Abuja — A group under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Youth Leadership Forum (PANDYLF), has vehemently rejected the N35.31 billion allocated for capital projects in the 2017 budget for the once restive South -South region.

The national president of the forum, Hon.. Famous Daunemigha,who spoke to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, lamented that the figure appropriated was insignificant compared to what other geo-political zones of the country got.

Daunemigha, who described the capital projects’ funds for the region as ‘meagre in the face of monumental infrastructural challenges confronting the region, said the rejection was based on the fact that the region would no longer lay the golden egg and be treated with disdain.

He emphasised that the breakdown of funds appropriated for capital projects in the six geo-political zones in the 2017 budget showed that North Central got N207 billion; North West, N73.7 billion; South West, N48.97 billion; North east, N46.69 billion, while South- South got N35.31 billion and South- East got N28.22 billion.

Daunemigha warned that the fund appropriated for capital projects was unacceptable to the people of the region, and thus, stressed the need for the federal government to urgently prepare executive bill to the National Assembly, with a view to addressing the imbalance.

 According to him, “Every single member of the National Assembly, especially, those from our region are failures. They ought to have say this is not fair to our people and we are rejecting it. The aspect of funds for the capital projects is insulting and they must find a way to address it either through the executive bill or whatever, because we can’t accept this.”

His words, “We are the region that lay the golden egg and some people feel they can eat the meat of the egg and throw the chaf at us. As far as we are concern, Nigeria still needs our oil. 90% of Nigeria’s income is from the oil.”The agricultural or whatever they talk about is still in incubation, it hasn’t really taken off. Nigeria is not planting any food anywhere for it to earn income from.

‘We need to restructure this country in a way that what you have is what you should get. We can only pay tax to the federation account if we are operating true federalism.They must address these issues or else we will march the streets of the Niger Delta in our protests, and the oil will not flow until these pressing issues are addressed.

On whether they will return to the creeks, he said, “We are still mobilising our people for these protests. The government will know when it starts. We are not talking about the creeks anymore. Nobody is going to go to creeks.

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Education crisis widening social gaps in Nigeria, others –World Bank

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The World Bank Group has warned that the education crisis in Nigeria is currently widening the social inclusion gaps in the country .

The group said this in its World Development Report for 2018 titled “Learning to Realise Education ’s Promise ” which was presented in Abuja on Wednesday .

The event was attended by the Minister Finance , Mrs . Kemi Adeosun , her counterpart in the Education Ministry , Adamu Adamu , and major stakeholders in the education sector .

The bank in the report called for greater action and coordination of the education sector to achieve the objectives of poverty reduction.

It said millions of young students in low and middle -income countries face the prospect of lost opportunities and lower wages in the future because their primary and secondary schools were failing to educate them to succeed in life .

Warning of a ‘learning crisis’ in global education , the World Bank report said schooling without learning was not just a wasted development opportunity but also a great injustice to children and young people worldwide.

Without learning , it said education would fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all .

The report observed that even after several years in school , millions of children could not read , write or do basic mathematics .

This learning crisis , according to the report , is widening social gaps instead of narrowing them .

It added that young students disadvantaged by poverty, conflict, gender or disability got to adulthood without even the most basic skills of life .

The World Bank Group said like in Kenya , Tanzania, and Uganda “where third grade students find it difficult to make a sentence ,” evidence had shown that in Nigeria , when fourth grade students were asked to complete a simple two- digit subtraction problem , more than three – quarter could not solve it.

It said , “The diagnosis in this World Development Report may make for disheartening reading , but it should not be interpreted as saying that all is lost – only that too many young people are not getting the education they need .

“Learning shortfalls eventually show up as weak skills in the workforce , making it less likely that young people will find good- paying , satisfying jobs .

“But change is possible , if systems commit to learning , drawing on examples of families , educators, communities , and systems that have made real progress . ”

 

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New study finds that 78% of black fathers are unmarried

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A new study has found that most black fathers are unmarried and this revelation has led to a coversation online.

The study carried out by the Centers For Disease Control reveals that more than 3/4 of all Black fathers are not married. The study also found that 72% of Black men have had children by age 44. But only 27% of African American fathers were ever married to the child’s mother. That number applies irrespective of the race of the child’s mother.

The study goes on to point out that 78% of Black men with kids fathered at least one child outside of marriage.

Past studies have pointed out the high percentage of unwed Black mothers. The new study pointing out the percentage of unwed fathers exposes a crisis among Black men and social media activists are concerned by the high percentage of unwed fathers.

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IVF made easy: Scientists create device to identify strongest sperm

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Scientists from Cornell University have created a device that will help doctors identify the strongest sperm to be used for in-vitro fertilization.

The result of the research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Alireza Abbaspourrad, Cornell’s Yongkeun Joh assistant professor of food chemistry and ingredient technology, said conventional methods of separating motile sperm is tedious and takes hours.

The device takes advantage of sperm’s ability to go against the flow — a process called rheotaxis. It has a microfluidic channel through which the sperm swim and a microscopic corral — shaped like a “C” — with a retaining wall that attracts the strongest swimmers.

“The older method is tedious, time-consuming and not efficient. It’s the time that laboratory technicians and physicians expend that makes the process expensive,” Abbaspourrad said.

“With this method, it’s five minutes instead of several hours.”

Soon Hon Cheong, Ph.D., assistant professor at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Meisam Zaferani, a doctoral student in chemistry, also worked on the device.

“Here, we took advantage of sperm’s natural tendency to redirect against fluid flow, once the sperm reach a certain velocity,” said Cheong.

“Once the sperm detect interference, they can use it to swim upstream. That’s when we can trap them. We could separate the good sperm from the not-so-strong in a reasonably elegant way. We are able to fine-tune our selection process.”

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