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39 Digital Literacy Centres Constructed, As Kwara Trains 100 Instructors, Security Personnel



About 100 digital literacy instructors and security personnel who would staff digital literacy centers across the 16 local government areas of the state have been trained by the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB).

The 3-day workshop is tagged “Train the trainers workshop on the implementation of digital literacy to support teaching/learning and capacity building for digital literacy centers (DLC) security personnel”.

Thirty-nine digital literacy centres have been constructed across the state as part of ongoing UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects.

Over 600 schools are currently undergoing construction, remodeling, comprehensive renovation among others aimed at improving infrastructural development in the public schools as well as encouraging enrollment.

Speaking during the grand finale of the 3-day workshop, the Executive Chairman of KWSUBEB, Prof Shehu Raheem Adaramaja, said administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq conceived the idea of digital literacy classes to bring about blended learning through online teaching and introduction of technology into teaching and learning.

He observed that developed countries which are known as the super powers in the world, developed their countries through technology, stressing the need for Nigerian government to think outside the box by developing the country through technology.

“The aim at bringing blended learning through digital literacy classes came into being to meet the the present global technological challenges through online teaching and learning. The method of teaching before now is the offline method. So, the essence of the centers is to think outside the box to meet the present global technology advancement.

“The world over today, they are talking about technology. There is what is called artificial intelligence when they use technological device to do what human being can do effectively and efficiently. That is where the world is going, thank God our Governor is thinking aright, he is thinking outside the box”, he said.

Adaramaja said the programme is the first phase of technological drive, while the second phase of the training would accommodate more schools At LGEAs.

The SUBEB boss appreciated Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for giving SUBEB management enabling environment to carry out their responsibilities and for repositioning education sector through regular training and retraining of teachers, introduction of E-learning system to schools through the establishment of digital literacy centres, Kwara Learn innovative technology and school feeding programme among others.

While urging the digital literacy educators to make good use of the training to improve teaching and learning, he advised the security guard to face the job of protecting the facilities squarely and not to wondering about while on duty because they would be held responsible for any negligence of duty.

For his part, the National Coordinator for AKADA Resource Center, Mr Oriyomi Olukunbi, appreciated the Governor for his vision which has led to the introduction of digital literacy classes.

He said the participants had undergone series of training that would enable them perform effectively and efficiently in the task ahead.

He assured that the facilitators would make themselves available to support the digital literacy educators whenever the need arises.

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Lai Mohammed bags international advocacy job



Ballard Partners, an international governmental affairs firm has appointed Alhaji Lai Mohammed, immediate past Minister of Information and Culture, as Managing Partner of its first office in Africa.

In a statement issued by the firm and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, Mohammed is to serve as Managing Partner of its newly opened Abuja office and its satellite office in Lagos.

With its headquarters in Washington, Ballard Partners specialises in all aspects of governmental and public affairs, including legislative and executive agency advocacy.

In the statement, Brian Ballard, the firm’s President and founder said they were opening their first African office in Nigeria to expand the firm’s international footprint to three continents.

He said the opening of the office, would also help in building upon the important work they had done on behalf of African nations and companies in Africa and the U.S.

On the choice of the former minister, Ballard said that Mohammed “has a long record of public service and is one of the most respected officials in the country.

Adding that “his outstanding reputation and exceptional experience will be invaluable to our firm”.

Ballard recalled that since the advent of Nigeria’s fourth republic in 1999, Mohammed played key roles in the political life of his country as Chief of Staff to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Governor of Lagos.

He added that Mohammed was also the National Spokesperson for the Opposition for over a decade (2005-2015) and a candidate for the Governorship of Kwara State in the 2003 General Elections.

The statement also reflected the former Minister’s happiness in accepting the international job.

“I am very pleased to join Ballard Partners and to open the firm’s first office in Africa,”

“Ballard Partners has an impeccable reputation internationally and is well known for its success representing African countries and American firms in Africa.

The opportunities in Nigeria are substantial and I look forward to helping the firm’s clients achieve their objectives,” Mohammed was quoted as saying.

Born in Oro, Kwara state, Mohammed graduated with second class upper honors with dual degrees in modern European languages (majoring in French) and law.

He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1986.

The former Minister has also been awarded several diplomas in different parts of the world including Diplomes d’Etudes Francaise 3ieme Degree in both Dakar, Senegal and Vichy France

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Man Utd takeover: Sheikh Jassim submits final take-it-or-leave-it bid directly to Glazers – and sets strict deadline



The Qatari group led by Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani have reportedly submitted a final bid to the Glazers for the takeover of Manchester United

The offer, as revealed by the Daily Mail, is Sheikh Jassim’s fifth since the takeover process began back in February, and has been made as part of a ‘take it or leave it’ warning to United’s American owners. A deadline of Friday has reportedly been set by the Qatari group, up to which point the bid will stand – with no further negotiations to take place in between.

Indeed, Sheikh Jassim has reportedly submitted the bid directly to the Glazers and the Raine Group, the American bankers overseeing the saga. The move is an attempt to gazump the rival offer from British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who has previously been reported as leading the way. His bid would allegedly allow for the continued involvement of the Glazers for an extended period, much to the hatred of the United fan base.

The take-it-or-leave-it offer put forward by the Qataris is also an attempt to put an end to the protracted nature of this takeover saga. United’s American owners have come under increasing scrutiny for their delaying of the process, with original deadlines set for the end of April. The uncertainty created has impacted the transfer strategy led by manager Erik ten Hag, as well as the club’s ability to tie down key players to new contracts.

It remains to be seen, then, whether the Glazers’ resolve is tested to the point where they accept the Qataris’ eleventh-hour offer. Should they reject the bid, which is said to be lower than their £6 billion asking price, or not respond in time, it could be a sign that they actually are leaning in the favour of Ratcliffe – and a potential prolonged stay behind the scenes.

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Man Utd winger Antony accused of ‘domestic violence, threat and bodily injury’ by former partner



Manchester United winger Antony has been accused of “domestic violence, threat and bodily injury” by a former partner in his native Brazil.

Brazilian publication Globo Esporte is reporting that Gabriela Cavallin, who had a relationship with the 23-year-old forward in 2022, has filed a police report in Sao Paulo.

The report states that she claims to have been assaulted by Antony on May 20 – a day on which the Brazil international turned out for United in a Premier League fixture with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The report also includes “photos of abrasions and threatening messages”, while Cavallin is said to have discussed previous aggressive behaviour from Antony.

Cavallin is now calling upon authorities in Brazil to take “an urgent protective measure” while further evidence in the case is gathered.

Globo Esporte further reports that Antony had a relationship with the woman in question during 2022, with Cavallin revealing on social media in June 2022 that she had suffered a miscarriage when the pair were expecting their first child.

No comment has been made by Antony, his representatives or Manchester United

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