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NCC alerts Nigerians on fake website advertising fraudulent internet claims

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Nasiru Yusuf

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has caution telecoms consumers on the fraudulent message being spread on the internet by a fraudulent website.

A statement issued by the Deputy Manager Online Media and Special Publication, NCC, Kunle Azeez said the fake website (https://covid-19-fg-grant.blogspot.com/?=1) is asking Nigerian citizens to apply for a free internet bundle ostensibly being given by the Nigerian government in collaboration with NCC.

“Nigerian government, in collaboration with NCC, is offering all Nigerian citizens up to 20GB of data to stay at home and get up-to-date information in a bid to counter the spread of COVID-19. All Nigeria citizens are entitled to free Internet connection to stay at home safely and enjoy the Internet in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19. The free Internet package is available to everyone starting from Friday, 27th March, 2020,” the deceptive website claims in its message.

“The website suspiciously asks Nigerians to apply for the free Internet by clicking a web link, which automatically takes them to a webpage with a dialogue box where they are expected to fill in their bio data and other demographics.

The NCC stated that neither the Nigerian government nor the Commission has issued such a message to Nigerian citizens.

The Commission strongly advised Nigerians and all telecom consumers to beware of this fraudulent, false and spurious claim. The general public should discountenance the falsehood which has gained traction by the rise in tempo of its circulation.

The NCC cautioned that the message should be disregarded in its entirety as the said website is a sham and a total deception to dupe Nigerians of their hard-earned money, and to harness personal data for fraudulent purposes.

Consistent with the consumer-centric policy of NCC, the Commission wishes to sensitise Nigerians to the antics of cyber criminals, who will want to take advantage of this challenging period of a rampaging pandemic, and the stay-at-home directive of the government to scam telecom consumers and the general public.

The NCC, therefore, uses this opportunity to reiterate its commitment towards deepening access to telecoms services and its dedication to strengthening the protective measures it has instituted to safeguard the rights of over 128 million internet users across mobile networks in Nigeria.

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Kano establishes Gifted academy, to accommodate students from Northern States

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Education Commissioner Sanusi Kiru
Muhammad Sanusi Sa'id Kiru

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Government says it has established a Gifted Academy where five students from each of the 44 Local Government Areas of the state will be admitted, and two students each from the 18 Northern States.

Kano Focus reports that Muhammad Sanusi Kiru, the state’s Commissioner of Education disclosed this on Monday in Kano when presenting Common Entrance Examination forms to the state’s Educational Zonal inspectors.

According to him, in the northern part of the country, only in Jigawa State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that such secondary School exists, adding that the one in Kano will be the second.

He added that the establishment of the academy at Ganduje community in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area for the gifted children was initiated in November 2020, and will commence academic activities in March 2021.

Sanusi Kiru said, the state government came up with such initiative to establish the academy after realising that there are a lot of brilliant children in all the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

“That is why we decided to bring them together so that we encourage them and provide them with all the necessary support. And we are going to have representatives from all the local government areas.

“And also, all the northern states we have planned to give them two slots each. I have discussed with Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and he has accepted the decision.” He said.

He added that the state government would not condone any form of examination malpractice during the Common entrance examinations scheduled for Jan. 20.

Sanusi-Kiru said the ministry has completed all the necessary arrangements for the successful conduct of the examinations, with the aim of ensuring zero tolerance on examination malpractice.

He said, “with the emergence of the free and compulsory education policy in the state, the sector has achieved great achievement especially increase in enrollment of students.

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Kano Govt directs boarding school principals to relocate to school premises

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Nasiru Yusuf

Kano State Government has ordered all Principals of boarding Schools in the State to relocate to the school premises or loose their positions.

Kano Focus reports that Muhammad Sanusi-Kiru, the State’s Commiaaioner of Education gave the directive while presenting Common Entrance Examination forms to the state’s Educational Zonal inspectors on Monday in Kano.

According to him, all Principals of boarding Schools are expected to relocate to their respective school premises to ensure the security and safety of their students.

“I am directing all Principals of boarding Schools to relocate to their schools immediately, or face being sacked.

“Any principal that has issues with their accomodation within the schools, should write to the ministry so that necessary measures should be taken.

“It does not make sense, the students should be left in the schools, while the principals who are the first official to be contacted in case of any emergency issue are sleeping outside the schools.

” Therefore, there is the need for all Principals to remain close to their students, especially at this critical moment of security challenges in the country.

“And I want to assure you that security agencies will be deployed to those schools to monitor the principals. Anyone found guilty should blame themselves.” He said

The Commissioner further assured the government’s commitment to ensure that all the schools are fenced, especially the boarding schools to ensure adequate security.

He also ordered for the immediate deployment of vigilantes across all the boarding Schools in the state to ensure the security and safety of the students.

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UK spends £3.2 million on promoting basic literacy in Kano 

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Mukhtar Yahaya Usman

The British Council says it has spent 3.2 million pounds on the implementation of the Kano Literacy and Mathematics Accelerator programme (KaLMA) in Wudil and Dawakin Tofa local government areas of Kano state.

Kano Focus reports that, the  programme which began in October 2019, was aimed at addressing the lack of foundational skills in basic literacy and numeracy among primary school pupils.

The Representative of KaLMA in Kano state, Habeeb Saleh disclosed this at the flag-off of distribution of KaLMA instructional materials in Kano on Monday.

Habeeb Saleh
Photo credit Philip Adigun from the KaLMA team.

According to him, KaLMA was also providing training and capacity building for teachers, Head Teachers, students teachers and school support officers in foundational skills methodology comprising teaching at the right level methodology for Maths and Hausa literacy, and using the British Council’s dual language approach for English.

He disclosed that in 2020, KaLMA had produced and distributed teaching and learning materials to all primary four to primary six teachers and pupils in the two local government areas the programme was being implemented in the state.

“The materials are designed to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom as well as improve pupils’ learning outcomes.

Instructional materials donated by FCDO
Photo credit: Philip Adigun from the KaLMA team.

“This year, KaLMA has revised, updated and reproduced its teaching and learning materials for use both in classrooms and at home as a response to the challenges around impromptu school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Mr Saleh noted that no fewer than 255 head teachers, 1,196 class teachers and 28,544 pupils in 181 schools in the two local government areas would receive the materials.

Dt Danlami Hayyo and Hajiya Lauratu Ado Diso presenting instructional materials to teachers and pupils
Photo: Philip Adigun from the KaLMA team.

Earlier, the state commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi Kiru represented by the permanent secretary of the Ministry, Lauratu Diso, commended the British Council for the initiative and pledged continuous support to all development partners in their effort to raise the standard of education in the state.

Hajiya Lauratu Ado Diso
Photo: Philip Adigun from the KaLMA team.

Also in his remarks, the SUBEB Executive chairman, Danlami Hayyo said the programme would be expanded to 10 local government areas before the end of this year as a committee had been set up to look at the modalities of expanding the programme to all the 44 local government areas by 2022.

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