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Igbo Youths want Nigeria Restructured into 6 Regions

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HE Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, has called for the restructuring of Nigeria into six regions to ensure fiscal federalism. Founder of the IYM and Secretary, Eastern Consultative Assembly, ECA, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu- Uko, made this known in a statement yesterday.

The statement reads:   “The planned joint meeting on June 22, 2017 between Northern and Eastern leaders with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in search of solutions sounds good and needful. The truth is that the meeting will not address the truth about the Nigerian situation.

“Millions of Easterners had affirmed their loss of faith in Nigeria as presently constituted through a successful stay at home on May 30, 2017.

“The whole world was shocked beyond words, when some Northern leaders through certain youths, dazed by the stay at home order, played the last card left. An untidy attempt to blackmail Easterners burning desire for freedom from oppression, with the threat to harm them and their properties in the North.

“Eastern youths called their bluff, thanked God for their reaction and changed gear to a demand for an early referendum to decide the fate of Nigeria. A hurried cosmetic makeover is in the brew, to paper the cracks and postpone the evil day.

“The elite clap, Nigerians ponder, the naive and the gullible are deceived as usual, while the discerning mourn.   The political class is excited at the opportunity of using the blood of these agitators to achieve political accommodation and the beat goes on.

“As the leaders gather on June 22nd to prevaricate with platitudes, as usual, the divide gets only deeper, the anger spreads wider, and the elite club congratulates themselves for another choreographed deception successfully pulled off.

“The crack in the foundation of the country would only continue to get worse until we stop lying to ourselves. The malignant tumour has grown so big that only a surgical operation can remove it now.

“The militarily -inspired constitution cannot move Nigeria forward. The structure created by military rulers cannot take us any further. The suspicions have since given way to hate and the misgivings to anger.

“Only a fundamental restructuring of the polity back to true fiscal federalism can save Nigeria now. Everybody knows that.

“Continuous deception would only make matters worse. Devolving powers to the 36 states is not enough to return the souls of millions of young people (especially from my region) who no longer believe in Nigeria.

“Only an early return to regionalism would save the situation now. The elite are only pushing their luck too far, perhaps because they believe the large army of angry youths can always be deceived.

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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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