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Nigeria missing  in top 10 African countries with best education system – Report

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*As Seychelles, Tunisia, South Africa made the list
By Francesca Iwambe

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The latest  report by Business Insider Africa has revealed that Nigeria, the most populous African country is not ranked among the top 10 countries with the best educational system in the Dark Continent.

According to the  report, Cape Verde is the only country in the West African region that made the top 10.

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Seychelles, Tunisia, Mauritius, South Africa, Algeria, Botswana, Kenya, Cape Verde, Egypt and Namibia are the best countries where quality education can be imparted in Africa.

The report revealed that the World Education Forum consulted 140 countries, including 38 African countries, in identifying the finest education systems based on skill development.

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“The report used the overall level of labour competence as well as the amount and quality of schooling in each nation to determine its criteria.

“The report found that digital literacy, interpersonal skills, and the capacity to think critically and creatively are all factors to consider.”

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It was revealed that Seychelles an Island country in East Africa with a population of 98,347 people remains the first and only African country to fully accomplish the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s “education for all” objective.

This accounted for the country’s educational system being ranked the best in Africa among the top 50 systems in the world, placing 43rd overall.

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It has 69.3 points and placed ahead of Ukraine, Hungary, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The second, third and fourth are Tunisia, Mauritius and South Africa respectively.

Tunisia has 61.4 points and claimed 71st in the world. The North African country has invested 20% of its national budget into the educational sector.

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Mauritius has made schooling compulsory up to the age of 16 and that is why it scored 61 points and ranks 74th in the global education system.

The literacy rate in South Africa is 94 per cent and it scored 58.4 points. It holds the 84th position in the globe.

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Another North African country, Algeria came fifth with 57.4 points, and the literacy rate in the country is 75% while Botswana, a southern African nation claimed 56.7 points to be number six on the log and 92nd best country in the global education system.

Kenya ranked 7th with 55.4 points and graded the 95th best country in the world, with a 78.7% literacy rate. It was estimated that the Kenyan government has allocated 17.58% of its budget to the educational sector.

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Cape Verde is 8th with 53.3 points and 98th in the world, Egypt is ranked 9th with 52.8 points and globally rated the 99th best country in the world having a 71% literacy rate.

Namibia is ranked 100th in the global education system and 10th in Africa, with a score of 52.7 points. The literacy rate in Namibia is 88.2%.

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Nigerian students at the tertiary level are facing probably the most difficult educational battle of their lives due to a face-off between the government-owned university’s lecturers and the federal government.

The lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are on a seven-month-long strike as a tool to press home their demands.

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While the case is in court as both parties have refused to shift ground, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is protesting in the streets.

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Budget Presentation: Reps Reduce 2023 budget deficit from N11.3trn to N10.5trn

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By Gloria Ikibah

Ahead of Friday October 7, which has been set aside for the presentation of the 2023 Budget Proposal of N19.76 trillion by President Muhamadu Buhari, the House of Representatives has reduced the fiscal deficit of N11.3 trillion to N10.5 trillion for the next financial year.

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According to the Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Finance, Abdullahi Saidu, the reduction is based on the expected
savings from the subsidy regime amounting to N737.31 billion, as the federal government projected that the scheme will last only in the first six months of the year to the tune of N3.36 trillion.

The adjustment followed the approval of the recommendations of the report of the House Committee on Finance report on the 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) at plenary on Thursday.

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According to the report presented by the
deputy chairman of the Committee on finance, the House approved N9.3 trillion revenue as a result of increase in the benchmark as the ceiling oil subsidy of the year in review.

The federal government projected total revenue of N8.46 trillion captured in the MTEF/FSP 2023-2025 presentation by Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, budget and national planning to the committee earlier.

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The House also approved the recommendations of the daily crude oil production of 1.69mbpd, 1.83mbpd, and 1.83mbpd for 2021, 2022 and 2023
respectively and the oil price of $73 per barrel of crude oil due to continuous increase in the oil price in the global oil market and other peculiar situations such as continuous invasion of Ukraine by Russia as that will result in saving of N155 billion.

The green chamber further approved
the exchange rate of N437.57 as contained in the MTEF FSP document with continuous engagement between the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning with the view of bridging the gap between the official market and parallel market.

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It equally approved: “the projected GDP growth rate of 3.75% be approved; the projected Inflation rate of 17.16%; projected New Borrowings of N8.437 trillion (including Foreign and domestic Borrowing), subject to the approval of the provision of details of the borrowing plan by the National Assembly; fiscal deficit of N10.563 trillion (including GOEs).

“Statutory transfers, totaling, N722.11 billion; Debt Service estimate of N6.31 trillion; sinking Fund to the tune of N247.7 billion; Pension, Gratuities & Retirees Benefits of N827.8 billion.

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“Aggregate FGN Expenditure of N19.76 trillion; made up of Total Recurrent (Non-debt) of N8.53 trillion; Personnel Costs (MDAs) of N827.8 billion; Capital expenditure (exclusive of Transfers)
N3.96 trillion; Special Intervention (Recurrent) amounting to N350 billion; and Special intervention (Capital) of N7 billion”.

The House also approved the committee’s recommendation that the cost of petroleum subsidy be capped at N1.7 trillion and accordingly, all relevant agencies of the governments will be required to take necessary action to keep the petroleum subsidy cost to the government within the N1.7 trillion ceiling in 2023.

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By this action, the committee said,
the sum of N737,306, 443,151 will be saved and that would be used to reduce the fiscal deficit of N11.3 trillion of the government as contained in the MTEF/FSP.

Other approvals given by the House are the committee’s recommendations that:
“a significant reduction in both waivers and tax exemptions of Corporate
Organizations to cushion the effect of the budget deficit.

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“All revenue-generating agencies should reconcile their accounts with the Fiscal Responsibility Commission and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), the report of which should be submitted to the Committee of Finance for consideration and approval.

“There should be a common electronic platform for reconciliations amongst the government MDAs, OAGF and Fiscal Responsibility Commission for effective monitoring and remittances; there should be strict compliance with the Constitution, Fiscal Responsibility Act and other extant laws by all agencies of the Government with regards to revenue remittances.

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“The relevant oversight Committees of the National Assembly are at liberty to remove recycled projects in their budget proposal during the Committees’ budget defence; mainstreaming of annual GOEs’ budgets into the Federal Government budget processes to ensure the same level of scrutiny, procurement and monitoring exercise.

“Ten (10) out of the sixty-three (63) GOEs be placed on the cost of collections with immediate effect,
just like FIRS, CUSTOMS, to serve as a test case for other GOEs which can be added in the future the list of this GOEs includes; NCC, CAC, NPA, NIMASA, NUPRC, NMPDRA, JAMB, NAFDAC; the
proposed 2023 Finance Bill to make amendment of the existing Act and include the above-mentioned
agencies.”

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Fani-Kayode Withdraws Case Against Estranged Wife

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A former Nigerian Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Thursday, withdrew an attempted murder suit filed against his estranged wife, Ms Precious Chikwendu.

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Prosecution counsel, John Ijagbemi, told Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja shortly after the matter was called for the defendants to take a plea.

“The matter was slated for re-arraignment of the defendants today. However, we want to plead to your lordship for the withdrawal of the case,” he said.

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Ijagbemi informed the court that the FCT Commissioner of Police was in receipt of a letter from the nominal complainant (Fani-Kayode) about his intention to withdraw the case.

He said the withdrawal of the charge was provided for in Section 108 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

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After the lawyer to Ms Chikwendu, Peter Abang, did not oppose the request, Justice Ekwo dismissed the suit.

In the amended 14-count charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/01/2022 dated and filed on April 28, Chikwendu was the 2nd defendant in the matter.

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Other defendants in the trial include Emmanuel Anakan, Prisca Chikwendu and Osakwe Azubuike as 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively, while others are said to be at large.

Speaking to newsmen after the sitting, Abang described the withdrawal of the suit as “a welcomed development.”

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On his part, Ijagbemi said, “the complainant, via the prosecution, has the unfettered power to withdraw a charge before the court.”

He said with the provision of ACJA, 2015, a charge could be withdrawn even until a judgment against any of the defendants or accused persons standing trial before the court.

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The lawyer said the ex-minister, in his withdrawal of the case letter, informed that “the whole family members had a sit-down and amicably resolved the matter without any rancour or recourse to previous occurrences and they are happily standing and living together in love and in harmony.

“And we, being an institution of government saddled with the responsibility of the protection of lives and property, seeking peace and order in the society including individual family. We are glad to apply for the withdrawal of this case against the defendants.

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“You all know that it is the family that is really involved and we are interested in the peace and tranquillity of the family and that is why we have withdrawn it and it is our pleasure.”(NAN)

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SPOTTED: Tinubu Reading 8-Month-Old Newspaper In New Photo Showing He’s Well

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A picture of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has sparked fresh controversy.

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There have been different rumours about the health of Tinubu, who has been away from the country before the kick off of the campaign for the 2023 elections.

On Sunday, the ruling party’s presidential candidate released a proof of life video, where he was seen on a thread mill.

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Despite the footage, critics of the APC insinuated that some things were hidden about the health condition of Tinubu.

However, in an apparent manner to clear doubt on his health condition, Tinubu released some pictures on Thursday morning.

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In one of the pictures, he was seen reading an old copy of The Nation Newspaper, which he has the largest share in.

It is unclear whether the picture was taken in January when the paper was published or in October when the Presidential Candidate has been convincing people about his health condition.

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Below are the front cover of the Paper and the picture that Tinubu put up on social media today:

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