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Uhuru Orders Water, Sanitation to be Compulsory Subjects in Schools
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that primary and secondary school children need an early introduction to the best practices in water usage.
He said teaching children at an early stage will help to avoid wastage and pollution.
Uhuru’s speech was read by Deputy President William Ruto during the official opening of Water and Sanitation Conference, held at the KICC on Tuesday.
“In this regard, I am directing the Ministry of Education to introduce a compulsory curriculum on water and sanitation in all schools,” Uhuru said.
He expressed concern that the rate of increasing access to water and sanitation services has been slow.
The President said the current access to clean safe water was 62 percent while average national sewerage coverage stood at 25 percent.
Ghana to Mark National Youth Day on November 1
Ghana will mark the National Youth Day on Friday, November 1.
The day is set aside by the Africa Union Commission to promote an increased awareness and recognition of young Africans as critical agents of positive change.
Here in Ghana, the National Youth Authority(NYA), the government agency mandated to regulate and coordinate Youth Development activities, is marking the celebration with series of activities on the theme ‘Ghana Beyond Aid; The Youth Factor’ stemming from the vision of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
At a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, a deputy Chief Executive Officer at the NYA, Akosua Manu, said government was committed to the facilitation of youth development in the country through various activities and programs.
She said the Authority had already embarked on series of activities to mark the Youth Week Celebration ahead of the November 1 Youth Parliament in Accra.
They include a special prayer and donation session, national and regional ‘Youth Stay Healthy’ walk and community service as well as a public lecture.
She appealed to various youth groups to join in the celebrations and also charged them to cooperate with government in enhancing the development and empowerment of the Ghanaian youth.
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Schoolgirl Wrestles Crocodile, Gouges Its Eyes To Save Friend
A schoolgirl in Zimbabwe has wrestled a large crocodile by jumping on its back and gouging its eyes to save her friend from the grasp of the reptile, reports said.
According to reports, a 9-year-old girl, Latoya Muwani, was attacked by a crocodile while swimming with her friends in Sinderela village.
Her friend, Rebecca Munkombwe, jumped on the back of the crocodile when she heard Latoya’s screams as the reptile was pulling her away.
“I was eldest among all the children who were swimming. Hence, I felt the urge to save her,” she said.
Reports said the crocodile had grabbed Latoya by her hand and leg. On noticing that, Rebecca began wrestling the reptile and kept on gouging its eyes till its grip on her girl was loosened.
“Once Latoya was free, I swam with her to the banks. The crocodile did not attack us again,” she said.
Rebecca was not injured but her friend was taken to a hospital for treatment.
A nurse told a local media outlet that Latoya sustained mild injuries.
President Buhari Under Fire over Plan to Regulate Social Media in Nigeria
Presiding Pastor of the Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Gospel Church, Adewale Giwa, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari government’s plans to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, said the federal government is working on regulating social media.
In a statement sent on Wednesday, Giwa noted that criticism is a price of leadership and any leader who does not want to be criticized cannot lead successfully.
He specifically reminded president Buhari that he came to power in 2015 through propaganda and criticisms on social media.
“You can’t plan to regulate the powerful tool that brought you to power in 2015.
“Has he forgotten so soon that social media played a prominent role in electing him into the office in 2015?
“They first tried it through a Senator representing Kebbi South Senatorial District, Bala ibn Na’ Allah but didn’t work. I can tell you that their plan won’t stand.
“If not social media, this government would have caged the people. Where would they start from?
“In America, people criticize Trump on a daily basis without intimidation. A good leader admits all blame and looking for ways to make the people smile,” said Giwa.
We Will Never Forget South African Over Killing Of Nigerians: Fani Kayode
Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister, has threatened the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa over the continued killings of Nigerians in South Africa.
Fani-Kayode warned that Ramaphosa and fellow South Africans would pay a heavy price for the continued killings of Nigerians.
In a tweet, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain declared that Nigerians would never forget or forgive South Africans for the killings.
He tweeted: “The killing of Nigerians has continued unabated in South Africa. This is where @MBuhari’s policy of appeasement has led us to. @GovernmentZA and @CyrilRamaphosa, you & your people will pay a heavy price for this.”
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