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463m Children Lacks Access to Distance Education – UN

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Millions of Children Lacks Access to Education – UN

The United Nations has said that one-third of students around the world lack access to virtual education amid COVID-19 pandemic and wide closure of schools.

The UN disclosed that about 1.5 billion children worldwide have been affected by lockdown or school closings caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

In a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), it was revealed that an estimated 463 million children lack access to distance learning at this period of school closure.

The report said even children with adequate access to distance learning may face challenges in getting distance education.

UNICEF indicated challenges like lack of a good workspace at home, pressure to do other work for the family, or a lack of technical support when computer problems arise.

A break down of the report showed 67 million of the students are in Eastern and Southern African, while 54 million students are in Western and Central Africa.

Students that lacked access to virtual education in the Pacific and East Asia are estimated at 80 million; the Middle East and North Africa 37 million; South Asia 147 million and Latin America and the Caribbean 13 million.

No figures were given for the US or Canada.

Henrietta Fore, the Executive Director, UNICEF, said “The sheer number of children whose education was completely disrupted for months on end is a global education emergency.”

“The repercussions could be felt in economies and societies for decades to come.”

UNICEF, therefore, urged governments to prioritize the safe reopening of schools when they begin easing lockdown restrictions.

It added that governments should arrange for compensatory learning for lost instructional time if reopening of schools is impossible.

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Emirates Engaging FG on Flight Restriction from the Middle East

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Emirates Airlines is engaging the Federal Government on a flight ban extended to the Middle East carrier this week.

The carrier said it has opened lines of communication with the Ministry of Aviation towards resolving the impasse insisting that it will give updates on the progress of the talks between the two countries.

The Federal Government at the weekend withdrew approval given to a Emirates Airlines to fly into Nigeria from yesterday.

In a reaction, the carrier said it was still committed to serving its teeming customers on the two Nigerian routes, Lagos and Abuja, to meeting the growing demand for air travel in and out of the country.

“Emirates remains committed to serving its two Nigerian points, Abuja and Lagos, to connect our customers to and through Dubai to Emirates’ global network, and meet the growing demand for air travel in and out of the country. Emirates is working closely with the UAE and Nigerian authorities, and will communicate any updates to our customers. We look forward to continue serving our customers in Nigeria.”

The Federal Government withdraw the approval to the airline following the refusal of United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to lift visa ban on Nigerians.The decision by the government was in compliance with its threat to reciprocate any maltreatment of Nigerians or her carriers by any country or their airline.

Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, who made this known, said, the decision to revoke the approval was arrived at after a meeting with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to review the status of foreign carriers operating into Nigeria.

“The PTF Sub-committee met with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban.

The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’s situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.”

Besides, Emirates Airlines, another carrier African World Airways (AWA) from Accra, Ghana, has also been denied approval to fly into Nigeria.

The Ghanaian carrier sources said was banned by government on account of recent developments in Ghana where Nigerian trader were maltreated.

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Angry South Africans Protest in Front of Nigerian Embassy, Demand Deportation of Illegal Immigrants

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South Africans Marched to the Nigerian Embassy, Demand Deportation of Illegal Immigrants

A group of South African protesters on Tuesday marched to the Nigerian embassy in Pretoria to demand an end to the influx of Nigerians into Africa’s most industrialised economy and the deportation of all illegal immigrants.

According to protesters, under the banner of #PutSouthAfricanFirst, the South African government has failed to put the country first, therefore, they are calling for the deportation of all illegal immigrants and revocation of grants and other state benefits.

The group, alongside other groups like South Africa First and Only One SA, have handed over a memorandum of demands at the Nigerian Embassy.

Action for change’s Nandi Gachwari said their demands were clear.

We demand an end to human trafficking in Pretoria and, broadly, South Africa; the deportation of all illegal immigrants; the exposure of corruption in flawed Home Affairs processes that grant citizenship to undeserving foreign nationals.

Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala, said he has accepted the memorandum but it was unfair that only Nigerians were being blamed for South Africa’s social and economic ills.

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Jumia Boss Juliet Anammah is Now Flour Mills Board of Director

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Juliet Anammah is Now Member of Flour Mills Board Directors

The Chair of Jumia Nigeria Board, Juliet Anammah, has been appointed by Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc to join its Board of Directors.

This was made known in a regulatory filing by Flour Mills to the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

According to the company, Anammah appointment is effective September 10, 2020.

Speaking on the new appointment, John Coumantaros, the Chairman of the Board of Flour Mills of Nigeria, said “I am truly excited to welcome Juliet to the Board of Directors. Her over 28 years of executive leadership experience in business consulting and e-commerce in Africa will be of tremendous value to FMN, as we continue to position the group to take advantage of the changing consumer landscape in the foods and agro-allied sectors.

“Her appointment represents our determination to ensure that we have a diverse mix of skills and viewpoints on the FMN Board and continue to fulfil our purpose of feeding the nation, every day.”

Anammah served as Non-Executive Director at Diamond Bank Plc between July 24, 2017, and October 24, 2018.

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