70% of Nigerian children suffer learning poverty- UNICEF

By Favour Nnabugwu


Not less than 70 per cent of Nigerian children are suffering from learning poverty, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

The World Bank defined learning poverty as the inability of a 10-year-old to read or understand a simple sentence or solve basic numeracy problem.

According to UNICEF, “Research has shown that schooling does not always result in learning. Many children, even if in school, are not learning fundamental skills required for proficiency. As a result, many children are experiencing learning poverty, with an estimated 70 per cent of Nigerian children falling under this category, varying from state to state”

“Even before COVID-19, the world was grappling with a learning crisis with half of all ten-year-olds in middle and low-income countries unable to read or comprehend a simple story. In sub-Saharan Africa this is nearly 9 in every 10 children.”

Hence, the import of the ongoing launch of the Nigeria Learning Passport in states across the country.

Usamatu Mohammad Gona, the Katsina State Coordinator of the programme during the launch in Katsina said, “the Nigeria Learning Passport is an electronic distance learning medium fortified with audio-visual materials and books to aid self-based learning has been launched in Katsina State to help fast track learning among pupils and students of primary and junior secondary schools across the state.

“The platform makes learning possible even outside the confines of a school which will help address the spiralling number of out-of-school children, especially in states where insecurity hinders access to schools.”

Gona explained that “the NLP education model offers foundational literacy and numeracy skills, sciences, digital and employability skills. The Learning Passport supports early childhood education, primary and secondary education, and provides adolescent skills, technical & vocational education that is tailored to the needs of children and youth who are either out of school, or in need of support to ensure the education they are receiving is of sufficient quality.”

According to Gona, the NLP has the potential to provide access to learning to every Nigerian child within or outside the four walls of a classroom.

Gona who noted that the NLP platform is geared towards ensuring that no Nigerian child misses out of education said “education isn’t just a fundamental right but the fulcrum around which the engine of development revolves; it is the engine of the progress of any society.

“We plan to reach every Nigerian child over time with the NLP but in the short-term, out target is to reach 4.5 million learners by 2023 and 12 million by 2025.

“Additionally, 30,500 teachers and school leaders are being trained on the use of the NLP and on how to integrate technology in classroom instructional practice.

Narrowing it down to Katsina, the NLP Coordinator in the state said: “In Katsina, we are targeting 10,000 learners and teachers across the over 300 schools in the state before the end of November 2023.”

The Learning Passport is delivered by UNICEF and the Federal Ministry of Education and powered by Microsoft, with funding support from Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and is free of charge for all learners.

Why Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor yet to resume services – Sambo

By Favour Nnabugwu



Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo has explained that until to those in captivity from AK-9 train abducted are released, the Abuja- Kaduna train may yet resume services

The Minister during his familiarization tour of the Idu and Kubwa train stations, Abuja  stated.

Accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Managing Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria among others, the Minister also said federal government would spare no effort to install the required technological devices along the corridor to prevent future attacks.

He said: “It is very important to get those Nigerians that have been kidnapped and reunite with their families. Otherwise, it will appear the government is not sensitive whereas the government is not only sensitive but is doing everything it can to make sure that those who have been affected by this abduction are reunited with their families. I think it is an important step to do that first and foremost.

“Secondly, you must put in place adequate security and infrastructural measures to protect and prevent all forms of threats that are possible and leave what you cannot do to God but everything humanly possible must be put in place to ensure that the reoccurrence of this nature is automatically eliminated forever.

“Technology can make that possible and we are trying to deploy the best technology available anywhere in the world that has served very well in other jurisdictions which we believe can also serve us very well in Nigeria.

“We are in the process of procuring the sensors and that is why I said we must ensure that we put in place every infrastructure that will ensure that lives are safeguarded. So, the technology that is going to be deployed is such that you can perceive a threat and eliminate it before you get to the location. That is being proactive.”

On claim in some quarters that families of NRC staff abducted when the ill fated train was bombed on March this year have been abandoned by the Ministry, the Minister dismissed same, saying, “it is totally unfounded. They are members of staff of the NRC. It will be highly unexpected that a member of your own family is affected in an incident and you have not gone to his or her family.

“It is not possible. We have done that (visited the families) and we are still doing and we will continue to do it until we have gotten them reunited with their families and by the grace of God, they will be reunited with their families..

CIIN president, Edwin Igbiti visits Sovereign Trust Insurance

Sovereign Trust Insurance recieved in audience the 51st president of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, CIIN, Mr Edwin Igbiti at the head office  V. I, Lagos



Managing Director of Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Mr. Olaotan Soyinka receives a souvenir pack from the 51st President of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, CIIN, Mr. Edwin Igbiti during the courtesy visit of the Institute to Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 in Lagos


L- Sanni Oladimeji, DGM, Risk Management and Compliance, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Segun Bankole, DGM Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Abimbola Tiamiyu, Director General, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, CIIN, Olaotan Soyinka, MD/CEO, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Edwin Igbiti, 51st President & Chairman of Council of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, CIIN, Ugochi Odemelam, Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Kayode Adigun, General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services, STI Plc and the Liberian of the Institute, Mr. Lekwa Okude during the courtesy visit of the 51st President & Chairman of Council of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, CIIN, to Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc on August 2, 2022.

Monthly Focus For August 2022 – Pastor Favour Onoja

By Pastor Favour Onoja



“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, write for these words are true and faithful (Revelation 21:1-5)”

Welcome to the Month of August, 2022.
Our Focus for this Month is “BEHOLD. I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW”

In this Month, you shall experience “New Things And New Wine” in your walk with God in Jesus Name.

In the midst of devastation and destruction ravaging the earth whereby nations are at war with each other; where the World is in a state of political instability, social and economic depression, famine, poverty, insecurity, natural and individual chaos, mass destruction, death and hopelessness; the Bible said “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert (Isaiah 43:18-19)”

In all these happenings, God is interested in the welfare and well-being of His people. He shall wipe away all tears from your eyes; there shall be no more death in our land, nations; neither sorrow nor crying nor destruction and devastation. There shall be no more pain, poverty and famine in our land: for the former things are passed away and behold the new has come! (Revelation 21:4-5).

God is set to do new things in our lives and nation this Month. See it, Embrace it and Rejoice!


1. When He wipes away all tears and turns our mourning into dancing (Revelation 21:4; Psalm 30:11; Isaiah 35:10; 65:19);

2. He turns our wilderness into a fruitful field (Isaiah 32:15);

3. Death and destruction are averted or stopped (Revelation 21:4);

4. He instructs and leads us (Deuteronomy 32:10-14);

5. It’s a season of Answers (Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 143:1; 1Kings 9:3; 2Kings 20:5; 2Chronicles 7:12; Isaiah 38:5);

6. It’s a season of manifestations (Luke 1:80);

7. It’s a season of fulfillment of prophesies (Matthew 21:1-7; Luke 4:16-18; Jeremiah 29:10);

8. It’s characterized with abundance and supernatural supplies (1Kings 18:41-45; 2Kings 7:8-20; Joel 2:26-27);

9. It’s the season of the outpouring of His Spirit (Joel 2:28-29; Psalm 92:10);

10. It’s a season of Restoration and Revival (Joel 2:22-27; Isaiah 35:1-10; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Numbers 17:1-10);

11. It’s a season of healing, deliverance and wholeness (Revelation 21:4; Ezra 9:13; Psalm 18:50; Obadiah 1:17);

12. It’s a season of overwhelming favour (Psalm 44:3; Genesis 29:17; 39:6; Exodus 3:21; 12:36; Deuteronomy 33:23; 1Samuel 2:26; Esther 2:15; Job 10:12; Psalm 5:12; 30:5, 7; 1Chronicles 26:10);

13. It’s a season of remembrance (Genesis 30:22; 41:1-14; 8:1; 9:15-16; 19:29; Exodus 2:24; 6:5; Esther 6:1-14);

14. It’s a season where He raises Kings, Authorities and People to see to your welfare and well-being (2Kings 8:1-6; Jeremiah 37:21; 2Samuel 9:1-13);

15. It’s a season characterized with honour and dignity (Esther 6:1-14; Genesis 41:40-46);

16. It’s a season of salvation and harvest of souls (Isaiah 61:10; 1Peter 1:9; Matthew 13:39);

17. It’s a season that is characterized with showers of blessing (Ezekiel 34:26);

18. It’s a season of revelation (Revelation 4:1-11);

19. It’s a season of intense worship (Genesis 22:5; Exodus 34:8, 14; Psalm 132:7; 138:2; Zechariah 14:17);

20. It’s a season of hunger for righteousness (Matthew 5:6; 6:31-33; Zechariah 8:23);

21. It’s a season of judgment upon the enemies (Jeremiah 22:16; Psalm 82:1; Job 21:22); and

22. It’s a season characterized with unity (Psalm 133:1-3; Ephesians 4:13).


1. Dwelling in the past (Isaiah 43:18-19; Psalm 137:1-7);

2. Regrets (John 11:21);

3. Doubt and unbelief (Matthew 28:17; 13:58; Hebrews 3:19);

4. Unforgiveness;

5. Lack of Revelation (2Corinthians 3:14; 4:4; John 12:40; 1John 2:11);

6. Compromise; and

7. Unfaithfulness (Matthew 25:14-31).

In this Eight Month, I decree and declare the termination of death, waste, famine and destruction in your life and in our nation, in Jesus name,  Amen!

Upon this mountain this Month, God shall raise Saviors for our nation (Obadiah 1:17).

I decree and declare that this month shall give birth to new things (vision, dreams, ideas) in your life, in Jesus Name;

I decree fresh encounters, revelation and Oil upon your life and destiny in Jesus Name.


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