Category Archives: Political scenario in Nigeria

Education in Africa for Girls to get Better and Safer in the Coming Years

Improvements in the education system in Africa have started rising since the past decade. In fact, the steps towards bringing developments in the African education scenario are being taken with such effectiveness that the girls who have been hiding behind the scenes for years will get immense academic exposure over time.

English: A young girl of the Bozo people along...

English: A young girl of the Bozo people along Niger river in Bamako, Mali, August 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been found that girls who work and receive education in the developing African nations give almost ninety percent of their salaries to their families in contrast to forty percent of the men. This has raised awareness among the majority of African educational authorities to enhance the educational standards for girls in Africa who can then support their families with ease.

Aid for Africa Fund

According to Aid for Africa who has been truly committed towards enhancing education in Africa for girls, a special fund will be provided through which girls will be getting educational stipends and scholarships. The objective of this fund would be to give considerable support to the educational standards. Moreover, the initiative to offer this educational support on behalf of Aid for Africa have been realised only after discovering the benefits of attending schools especially for girls.

What the World Bank opines?

The World Bank has even agreed that the interrelationship between economic growth, gender inequalities and poverty has emerged to be the key factors behind making smart investments for girl child education in Africa. The EAG in this respect has also expressed confidence that if there is any quality investment to be made in education, it must go towards bettering the educational scenario in Africa.

UNICEF creates awareness

According to UNICEF, lack of education can really be life threatening especially for girls living in countries prone to epidemic diseases. Surveys say that about 40 percent of the uneducated girls in Africa have no knowledge at all about AIDS. Only 8% of the women who have completed their post-primary schooling sessions have been found to acquire a little knowledge in this context. This has almost fuelled the necessity of providing quality education to almost every girl and woman in Africa.

Kwagala Project at work

The Kwagala Project too has made considerable contributions bringing positive results to African education. The exponents of the project have realised that it is education which is the key solution to eradicate unpleasant circumstances like poverty and exploitation that is consequently giving rise to trafficking in exchange for goods. Therefore, their sole objective now is to initiate counselling and find out whether the helpless girls in Africa could be given educational opportunities to come out of hopeless situations so that they can remain safer and lead peaceful lives.

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Murder of 7 Hostages lead on to Security Threats in Nigeria

It was the previous Sunday when the Greek and Italian foreign ministers reported that seven foreign hostages were kidnapped and later killed by a Nigerian Islamist group last month. The hostages were kidnapped on February 7th from a construction company in the Northern state of Bauchi owing to attempts made by the British and Nigerian forces to free them.

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The 7 hostages comprised an Italian, a Briton, a Greek and four workers from Lebanon who were snatched from the premises of Setraco, a Lebanese firm. The foreign governments were unable to confirm the killings till Sunday. Greece and Italy clearly denied that there were no attempts made on behalf of their governments. Nigeria also didn’t come up with any confirmed report in regard to the killings.

As per the statement of the Italian Foreign Ministry, they conducted investigations with other countries that led them to report with certainty that the news regarding the killing of the seven seized hostages was absolutely true. The ministry however asserted that no such military attempts were made to rescue the hostages by any of the concerned governments.

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Security – A major concern for Nigerians

Owing to such an unpleasant incident, security popped up as a major question especially for the oil and infrastructure organisations located across the region. The biggest reason was that the loyal gunmen of al Qaeda’s North African franchise spread the deadly Algerian natural gas plant in the month of January where more than thirty seven foreigners were killed. The disaster took place for the attempt made by the Algerian armed forces to rescue the foreigners.

It has been heard that the Islamist groups have now spread throughout northern and central Nigeria that are Africa’s top oil producers. As a result, security threat emerged to be a major concern in these areas especially after a revolution initiated by the south-eastern Niger Delta known for oil production. The British resources moreover said that the Briton was killed along with six other hostages, and this was declared to be a cold blooded murder.

Threats will continue to dwell in Nigeria

As per predictions made by the western security officials, connections between the Islamists of Nigeria and Saharan groups like al Qaeda are quite probable to grow with time. Therefore, the focus is now more on Western targets more than the local security civilians. More killings and kidnappings are being suspected to be taking place through Nigeria and its neighboring countries.

Consequently, pursuing education on the Nigerian soils has emerged to be a major issue for plenty of students now. The majority is therefore getting compelled to opt for distance learning in Nigeria as the only means to fulfill their career objectives.

Since stepping in Nigeria for higher education is not being encouraged by students especially foreigners, a good number of educational institutions in Nigeria have decided to let open their online educational resources to be accessed by foreigners with ease. Although things have been pretty chaotic throughout the entire Nigeria, constant efforts are being implemented to bring peace to the nation.

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