More than 303 Nigerian students from the 17 states of southern Nigeria have received no less than $7.5 million in full or partial scholarships from 225 American universities and colleges to study in the United States for the 2019-2020 academic session.
Acting United States Consul General Osman Tat disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday during the 2019 EducationUSA pre-departure orientation for students who have received offers of admission and scholarships to attend U.S. colleges and universities this fall.
Noting that the U.S. remains a top destination for international students, Tat explained that the list of acceptances for Nigerian students for the upcoming academic year has been quite impressive, cutting across many of the 50 U.S. states.
“I congratulate each one of you on your tremendous success. This is a very important step in your life. I encourage you to make the most out of your time in the United States to acquire the requisite skills and knowledge needed to support Nigeria’s development,” he told the group of U.S.-bound students.
The students have been accepted for undergraduate and graduate degree programs at top notch U.S. institutions ranging from Ivy League universities, liberal arts colleges, women’s colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to community colleges.
They include Stanford University, The George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University, Tufts University, Boston University, Emory University, and Howard University, among many others.
The pre-departure orientation is intended to assist students to prepare for their move from Nigeria to attend a college or university in the United States. The event included interactive sessions on topics such as travel planning, adjusting to life in America, safety on campus, and F-1 visa rules for international students.
Participants also had the opportunity to meet with students currently studying in the United States who offered tips on how to prepare for the U.S. academic, social, and cultural environment.
Among the departing students are 13 EducationUSA Opportunity Fund grantees —10 undergraduate and 3 graduate students, with full scholarships — who received financial aid to cover the up-front cost of obtaining admission.
Annually, through the Opportunity Fund Program, the U.S. Consulate’s EducationUSA Advising Centre assists talented low-income students who are good candidates for admission to U.S. colleges and universities, by funding their application process.
According to the latest Open Doors Report, published annually by the Institute of International Education, Nigeria is the 13th highest sending country of international students to the U.S., with about 12, 693 Nigerians currently studying in the United States.
… Laments inability to raise N200,000 for child’s ‘adenotonsillectomy’ surgery
-By SANMI FALOBI-
Every mother’s joy is to see her child growing healthy, but for Mrs. Raheem Mistura Abolade, the past three years after giving birth to her last child has been tumultuous and much availed with stress and burden, due to recurring ill-health of the child. The last one year, especially, has been more frustrating due to her inability to raise the sum of N200,000 to undertake a remedial surgery for the child. Her hopes now lies in the hands of well-meaning Nigerians, who she hopes will assist with funds for the surgery.
What should have been a bundle of joy to Mrs. Mistura Abolade as a mother, has become a burden of pain, which is draining her of all her income and exerting emotional and financial stress on her life due to the ill-health of Habeeb Idris, her third child who has been in and out of hospital admission for the treatment of a respiratory obstructive disease that is affecting the breathing and sleeping pattern of the boy. Her inability to raise the sum of two hundred thousand naira (about 650 USD), which the management of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in October 2018 had estimated would be required to perform an adenotonsillectomy surgery on the child is also a very big burden.
According to the mother, little Habeeb, who would be three years old in August, was first diagnosed with pneumonia when he was about two months old and he was treated, but the ailment keeps recurring, resulting in him being admitted four times in the hospital.
“He was diagnosed with a kind of pneumonia at two months old. At the fourth time of his admission at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), we did series of tests and adenotonsillar was discovered,” Mrs. Mistura Abolade had earlier told Newdawn online, following an advice for her to use the media to bring the issue of her financial limitations to public light in soliciting well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid and assist her in her rather helpless situation in order to save her child from the pathetic situation he was going through.
With Hebeeb strapped to her back, she explained that it was difficult for her child to breath properly as the channel the air passes from the lungs to the nose is badly affected and there is an obstruction that makes air passage difficult.
“The common physical symptoms include inability to breathe normally through his nose. He breathes through his mouth and it is terrible during rainy season when it is colder. He would cry at night when it becomes more difficult to breathe. The doctors said he has to be operated upon to correct the obstruction.
“Last year, they advised that he should be operated upon and when I asked for the estimation, they said it would cost about N200,000. They explained everything to us, and we rallied round for money but couldn’t meet up all through last year when he was booked for operation,” she narrated, sobbing.
“Before then, they have admitted him four times. He had pneumonia that had subsided but it always recur especially when the cold is much. It gives him fast breathing when his chest is congested. This occurs more during the rainy season.” She said.
She noted that the medical team at LASUTH have been of much assistant to her and little Habeeb and that based on tests carried out, which revealed adenotonsillar, they had recommended surgery as the only remedy.
“The estimates they gave us last year was N200,000 which we were not able to raise. Maybe the cost of the surgery might have even increased now, and we may need additional money for new tests, x-ray and other things”, she lamented in despair.
In a medical report/to whom it may concern letter dated 3rd May, 2019, signed by Dr. Adeyinka A.P, a consultant E.N.T surgeon in LASUTH, it was stated that Habeeb, whose case was first presented to the ENT clinic in June 2018 was diagnosed with obstructive adenotonsillar hypertrophy with sleep apena and was scheduled for adenotonsillectomy on 23rd October 2018 but the surgery was not done due to financial constraint. The report stated that Habeeb has “history of excessive snoring and intermittent apneic episode while sleeping of about 1 year duration. There was history of recurrent bilateral nasal discharge and mouth breathing”. The report also stated that there was “history of recurrent lower respiratory tract infection requiring hospital admissions. He has used several oral and parenteral antibiotics without much improvement.”
According to Habeeb’s mother, raising the needed money for the operation, which should have been carried out in October 2018 has proved to be practically impossible, despite all efforts.
“I work with an agency under the Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) and we have sought for help from the local government and from individuals too but nothing much has come in. We have gone to the Government House in Alausa with letters as well but nothing has come forth. We have been running here and there since last year for the money, but we have not gotten much,” she said, calling on well-meaning Nigerians for help to save her son as a chunk of the family earnings go for medical bills and medication.
“We lived on 54 Mojisola Street, off College Road in Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State but due to accommodation issues and related financial challenges, we have to move somewhere closer to the school of his elder ones.
“We trust God for donations for the surgery,” she said, with a hope that media publication by SDNonline and others would stir well-meaning Nigerians to come to her aid and save little Habeeb from the pains and agony being experienced.
This hope, is what she holds on to, earnestly, especially at this season of constant rains and very cold weather with the aggravated discomfort of heightened breathing difficulty for little Habeeb.
Support for the surgery for Habeeb can be paid to:
RAHEEM MISTURA ABOLADE, KEYSTONE BANK ACCOUNT NUMER 6010865888.
For additional details, please contact the editor, SDNonline.
The International Press Centre (IPC) has released a compilation of the campaign promises made by President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of electioneering activities for the 2019 general elections.
30 of such promises covering pledges on specific and general issues of road/rail infrastructure, education, agriculture, poverty eradication and inclusion of youths/women in government as well as the fight against corruption and insecurity were documented.
The documentation was done by IPC’s Media Monitoring Team, while the promises were derived from quoted statements of the president in The Nation, The Punch, Daily Sun, Daily Trust, Vanguard, This Day, Leadership and Nigerian Tribune newspapers over a four-month period from November 2018 to February 2019.
The specific sources were page 6, The Nation newspaper of Monday November 19, 2018; page 2, The Punch Newspaper of Monday November 19, 2018; page 6, Daily Sun newspaper of Monday, November 19, 2018; front page, Daily Trust newspaper of Monday, November 19,2018; page 5 and 41, Vanguard newspaper of November 19, 2018; page 1 and 10, This Day of November 19, 2018; page 2, Nigerian Tribune of November 19, 2018; page 25, Leadership newspaper of December 5, 2018; front page, Thisday, January 17, 2019; page 12, Daily Sun Newspaper, Thursday, January 31, 2019; page 9, Nigerian Tribune of January 17, 2019; and front page, Vanguard Newspaper, February 09, 2019.
The promises include the engagement of one million N-power graduates and skill up 10 million Nigerians in partnership with the private sector, to expand the school feeding programme from 9.3m to 15 million children, creating 300,000 extra jobs for food vendors and farmers and to create more room for inclusion in government by achieving 35 percent in female appointments.
Others are to give more access to youths as aides of cabinet members and through opportunities for appointments in board and agencies and to introduce special mentoring programme in governance with young graduates working with ministers and other appointees.
IPC Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said the exercise was in line with the tradition of the organisation, which in 2011 documented 91 campaign promises of President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, it was also embarked upon pursuant to the implementation of Component 4b: Support to Media of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) Project by IPC over a 52-month period.
Explaining the methodology further, Arogundader said the campaign promises of all the presidential candidates that contested the 2019 elections were documented but only that of President Muhammadu Buhari was being released being the declared winner of the elections.
He however said both President Buhari’s campaign promises and those of the other candidates would later be uploaded on the IPC websites.
Explaining the rationale for the documentation of the campaign promises, Arogundade said the activity was in consonance and conformity with IPC’s mandate to advance democratic accountability.
“The essence is to ensure that it serves as a tool for journalists to monitor, track and ask questions about the diverse aspects of the implementation including using the Freedom of Information Act to such relevant questions,” he said. Adding, “Having trained journalists across Nigeria on issue-focused reporting of elections, we believe they need information like this to follow-up after the elections.”
According to him, the documented campaign promises will also be useful for civil society groups working on development and democratic governance issues as well as various electoral stakeholders.
“The documentation of the president’s electoral promises from the media reports, which is by no means exhaustive, is to serve as a major instrument to proactively engage the Buhari administration on its performance over the next four years and provide bench marks in seeking democratic accountability, service delivery and the fulfillment of key campaign promises made by the president,” he said.
The full list of the promises:
To engage one million N-power graduates and skill up 10 million Nigerians in partnership with the private sector.
To expand the school feeding programme from 9.3m to 15 million children, creating 300,000 extra jobs for food vendors and farmers.
To complete the Ibadan/Kano phase of the Lagos/Kano rail link.
To complete the Port Harcourt/Maiduguri line.
To complete the Itakpa/Warri link to Abuja, through Lokoja.
To complete the Second Niger Bridge and the East West Road connecting Warri, Delta State, to Oron, Akwa Ibom State, through Kaiama and Port Harcourt in Bayelsa and Rivers State.
To establish a peoples Moni bank.
To institutionalize the giving of soft loans of up to 1million naira to small traders, artisans and commercial drivers.
To increase the beneficiaries of trader Moni, market Moni and farmer Moni from 2.3 million to 10million.
To create more room for inclusion in government by achieving 35% in female appointments.
To give more access to youths as aides of cabinet members and through opportunities for appointments in board and agencies.
To introduce special mentoring programme in governance with young graduates working with ministers and other appointees.
To reinterpret the education curriculum through coding, robotics, animations and design thinking.
Retraining of all teachers in public primary and secondary schools to deliver digital literacy.
Remodeling and equipping of 10,000 schools per year.
To complete the 365 road projects under construction in all parts of the federation.
Provision of infrastructure and rebuilding the economy.
To sustaining the anti-insurgency war and curb insecurity.
To fight corruption and revamp the economy.
To develop 6 industrial Parks in each of the geopolitical zones.
To establish 109 Special Production and Processing Centres (SPPCs) across each senatorial district of Nigeria.
To develop the Special Economic zone to quickly concretize our made in Nigeria for export (MINE) plan.
To expand the social investment program so as to eradicate poverty.
To ensure completion of Manbilla Dam and Bridge.
To ensure the construction of the Makurdi Taraba Borno rail project.
To complete the bridges across the stretch of River Benue in Ibi local government area.
To continue to pursue agricultural policy by ensuring that fertilisers are made available at all the local government areas across the country, for easy access by farmers.
To resuscitate the Ajaokuta Steel Company.
To ensure the completion of the on-going Zungeru Hydro Power project.
The British Council has partnered with the Young Readers Library to launch the 2019 edition of the 30 Books Challenge, which will build on the success of the previous year.
The 30 Books Challenge scheduled to hold from 22nd of July to 20th of August is aimed at instilling a culture of reading in children and stimulate their minds while engaging them in a fun and productive way during the forthcoming summer holidays. Adults/parents are encouraged to read along to bond with their children/wards and model the reading culture to them.
The theme for this year’s reading challenge is “Space Chase.”
Lagos State Government has announced the closure of road from Mile 2 to Tincan Island Ports corridor with effect from Monday, 17th June, 2019 for 48 hours.
The announcement which was made by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salaam, stated that the closure would be effected to allow Hitech Construction Company speed up the palliative repair works on the corridor due to incessant and avoidable accidents experienced by motorists.
Salaam advised all trucks to avoid the corridor to allow the repair works which he said is being done in the interest of motorists.
He opined that these repairs and so many others that is in the offing is in consonance with the top rated plans of the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to make Lagos traffic free for its teeming citizenry.
As part of sustaining its tradition for continued support in growing the economy of Nigeria through vocational, technical and entrepreneurship training for Nigerian youths and adults who want to acquire a skill for economic empowerment, the Field of Skills and Dreams (FSD) Centre, has graduated 20 trainees from its 2019 vocational and skills acquisition training sponsored by Nagode Foundation.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Lagos, the Chairperson, Nagode Foundation, Mrs Meenakshi Garg, said the organization is glad working with FSD to impact lives in the society.
“Nagode family is extremely happy working with FSD. I’m happy you understand and believe in the training and in yourself for a better future. This is power of partnership,” she said.
While congratulating the graduates, she said, “you have to work for your life and people in your life. We are so proud of you.” She also commended FSD for doing a great job, in imparting the trainees with the character and seeded skills.
Meanwhile, FSD Managing Director, Mrs. Omowale Ogunrinde, said interest free loan ranging from N80,000 to N150,000 naira will be given to some of the beneficiaries while equipment including cooking gas with cylinders, dummies, hand dryers scale, sewing machines would be given to the trainees.
“We will present you with your equipment for free to go out there and work. For those that will receive the loan, don’t consider it free money that you have to waste. We will collect it back from you later. So guarantors should encourage them to work and earn a living for themselves and contribute their quotas to the society,” she said, addressing the graduates.
One of the students who trained in catering, Tope Praise, described the training as a complete different experience. “The teaching opens you up and we are taught with lots of patience. A big thank you to Nagode, “she said.
Amaechi Innocent, who trained in hair dressing commended the organisers. ” If we’re to pay, my parent can’t afford it. It’s a dream come true because I have passion for hair dressing. A big thank you to Nagode. If everybody that has money can do this, there’ll be less suicide in the country, ” he said.
As part of the event, there were display of various products by the trainee who also gave music and drama presentations to appreciate Nagode.