Nipr Lagos ignites MUSON Centre For Stakeholders Conference August 29

Nipr Lagos Ignites MUSON Centre, Lagos For Stakeholders Conference August 29 -
Nipr Lagos Ignites MUSON Centre, Lagos For Stakeholders Conference August 29 –

The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) is set to address the challenges facing the educational sector in Nigeria at the fourth Stakeholders’ Conference slated for Tuesday, August 29.

This  conference;scheduled to  proffer solutions to the socio, political and economic challenges troubling the Nigerian nation since independence our nation, is themed :Media, Communication and the Challenge of Quality Education for National Development, will hold at the Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre.

The Lead Strategist, Addefort Limited, Olabamiji Adeleye declared that the future of a state/nation is a function of the quality of education obtainable in the society and that there is the need for a deliberate effort to engage key stakeholders including the media and communication practitioners for better perspectives/ strategy on how the quality of education in the country can be enhanced.

“The Founder, Silverbird Group and Lawmaker, Senator Ben Bruce, is expected to deliver the conference lecture. Other eminent presenters expected include the Minster of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who will be speaking on the paper: Strategies for Revamping Nigeria’s Educational System for National Development; and the Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, is also expected to deliver a paper on: Bridging the Nation’s Education Gap in the 21st Century. The Chairman, Governing Board, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, is expected to chair the session.”

On the mission of the conference, the Chairman, Lagos NIPR, Mr. Olusegun McMedal said the Institute is concerned about the quality of education and is poised to beam the klieg light on the malady plaguing the sector. He declared that the Conference will engage key stakeholders including decision makers in government, corporate organisations, and heads of educational institutions, media and communication practitioners for better perspectives and strategies to enhance the quality of education in the country.

The Lagos NIPR Stakeholders’ Conference conceptualised by  Addefort Limited; a public relations and concept development firm is expected to find ways to ameliorate the dwindling state of education in the country.


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  1. Ufuoma Ejonobor

    The head of Mission Medecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders), Nigeria, Phillip Aruna has said the organisation has been able to treat 5,000 children of lead poisoning in Zamfara State, since it
    commenced in 2010.

    Recall that LEAD poisoning was identified as the major cause of poisoning leading to deaths of over 300

    Speaking at the inauguration of the development partners and donor agencies coordination group
    on mining, which held in Abuja on Friday, the Head of
    mission said “Till date, MSF with the collaboration of government of Nigeria have been able to treat 5000 children of this kind of problem in Zamfara.”

    Mr Aruna said, “We thought this problem was going away, so we were looking at preventive strategies to see how this can be prevented in future, then suddenly in April 2015,a similar thing happened again in Niger state, where in an LGA in Shikira community, children presented the same problem and it was again found to be reported as a result of artisanal mining.”

    He said “Currently MSF is working in both Niger and Zamfara state to address lead poisoning.”

    Noting that the MSF had been working in Zamfara since 2010, he stated that that treatment of
    lead poisoning is not a simple treatment”

    Giving a brief fact of Lead , he said “The
    poison is not an infection, it is entirely preventable, we can prevent
    lead from the source, so if we put in a preventive strategy to all the
    mining activity we do there is no problem to have this contamination in the community”

    He maintained that this is not a problem that might go away, it is a problem that will be here as long as mining is taking place, especially artisanal mining” he said

    “Since we have been in the fields, discovery of contamination is obviously relegated areas, it is saddening and, the whole of children we are treating, we see that they are not responding to treatment and this is critical for a workable safer mining programme to sustain, prevent lead poisoning” he added

    Mr Aruna urged that to ensure prevention, safer mining programs that do not criminalise artisanal mining should be developed or considered and implemented for the long term sustainability of remedies,
    noting that “experience in Nigeria and elsewhere shows that the attempt to prevent artisanal miners from operating because they are illegal is often futile and only drives them further aground, away from formal economy and legal framework”

    He added that “At the least safer mining programmes should consider behaviour change strategy that are based on understanding incentive structures and held with perceptions in the community, technologies that are culturally appropriate and economically feasible, revision and strengthening of legal frameworks to allow regularization of artisanal mining and also advocate strong institutional lead poisoning prevention strategy associated with gold mining at state and national levels.

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