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LEKKI ADULT LITERACY AND VOCATIONAL CENTRE GIVES HOPE TO THE HOPELESS THROUGH THEIR FREE CAMPAIGN

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The board of trustees and the facilitators of Lekki adult literacy and vocational centre in conjunction with the Lagos State Agency for Mass Education are set to launch ” kick illiteracy out of Lagos Campaign.

Pastor Tunde Netufo, the Pastor-in-Charge of RCCG Lagos Province 20 and CEO of Frontline Trust Finance Ltd, Joe Mbulu, ED and CFO of Union Bank and Mrs. Chika Idalah-AIIison, CEO of Dechimat Solutions Consulting Limited.

According to the coordinator,Mr Joe Mbulu, the vision to start the Lekki Adult Literacy and Vocational Centre (LALVC) in 2020 emanated (in the heat of Covid pandemic) from the increasing gulf in economic, social and academic class as more unemployed and uneducated/semi-educated men and women continue to migrate to the “affluent” and fast developing Lekki suburb of Lagos State.

Over the past 18 months, the vocational centre has achieved the following:

1. Incorporation of LALVC with the CAC as a Non-profit organisation with 3 funding Trustees:
Pastor Tunde Netufo, the Pastor-in-Charge of RCCG Lagos Province 20 and CEO of Frontline Trust Finance Ltd, Joe Mbulu, ED and CFO of Union Bank and Mrs. Chika Idalah-AIIison, CEO of Dechimat Solutions Consulting Limited.

2. Expansion of the pool of volunteer facilitators from 3 at the start to 17 as at April 2022. We now have a deeper and more educated pool of professionals who are dedicated in giving back through this platform.

3. Stratification of Classes into 3 from a single class of 20 students to 3 classes. This more granular stratification became necessary in addressing the broad range of academic backgrounds in the Learner population.

We now have:
* Basic 1 Class for beginners, covering primary 1 to
3 curriculum
* Basic 2 Class for primary 4 to 6 curriculum; and
* Post Basic Class covering the JSS curriculum.
4 . Introduction of a free WAEC Preparatory Programme. In our diagnostic process, we realized that within this population of “uneducated/semi-educated” is a segment of Learners who had written WAEC/GCE and failed.

In collaboration with the Lagos State Agency for Mass Education, under the immensely supportive leadership of Mrs. Kemi Kalesanwo,we set out with 25 students from a myriad of backgrounds. Our well thought-through vision is “To Restore Faulty Foundations”.

Having interviewed the Learners to better appreciate their backgrounds, especially why they missed the opportunity to learn, it became apparent to us that at the heart of closing the learning gap is a deeper understanding and appreciation of the foundational issues.

It was clear we had to “work on these foundational issues” along with the traditional adult learning process.

Having run the program for 18 months, the wisdom in this vision has become apparent. As we addressed the emotional, physical, psychological and financial gaps (to the best of our resource and human abilities), we have seen improved learning performance, emotional stability and spiritual favor.

We have seen the emergence of far more confident Learners, willing to engage the world and take their rightful place.

Pastor Tunde Netufo ( RCCG PiCP LP20) ,a member of the LALVC board of trustees recounted his story as he encourages learners and prospective learners of LALVC to “have a vision of a better you , run with the vision and persevere”.

He stated that, “When I first came to Lagos about 41years ago, I could not speak acceptable English. I was ashamed and refused to speak for the fear of being put down and laughed at.

I however did not stay long in this state. I made a choice to do something about my state. I joined the Sunday School Department because I wanted to learn how to speak well and teach others.

I vividly remember a particular day when I had the privilege of teaching in the Sunday school in the presence of some more experienced teachers and pastors. A few of the listeners mocked me and others made very nasty comments.

However, God sent me encouragers; ministers who encouraged me and pushed me to continue. With the rather embarrassing Sunday School start, I pushed myself through PRACTICE.

I remember buying the Daily Times and Daily Sketch Newspapers often and reading to myself and to an imaginary audience. I wanted to IMPROVE daily and be in a position to communicate freely.

Yes, my background might have constrained me. But, I lived out the scripture above (Phil 4:13); that I had the ability to do “all things”, including speaking English fluently and confidently.

By the grace of God, I have leveraged this ability and spoken in various continents across the world to the glory of God.”

 Vision and Mission Literacy and Vocational Centre

To restore faulty foundations and provide for the less privileged adults with a second chance at life through the aquisition of basic reading and writing skills plus vocational training.

Future Goals

With a present population of 125 Learners (525% increase over our starting number) and weekly additions, we are refining our goals to
provide for the following:

1.500 Learners by 2023

2. 10 distinct classes to ensure each learner receives basic education that is, to a large extent, tailored to his/her background.

3. Establishment of a Vocational Centre to cater for over 50% of Learners whose post WAEC plan is to be established in a trade or vocation. Given the varied vocational choices, we believe a partnership model, wherein the Centre develops and administers a vocational governance model that ensures graduates of the Literacy arm of LALVC transition smoothly into one of the vocational training sub-units, diligently undergoes requisite training and practicals and graduates after attaining required standards.

To make this model work, the Centre will seek to support the vocational trainers with financial or material support depending on the level of sponsorship received from the training centres or other donors.

We will also ensure that, where available, our vocational trainees attain proper trade certification.

4. Establish a scholarship scheme to cater for Learners who desire to further their education and are unable to get sponsors (preferably their present employers).

We will therefore be launching a scholarship fund to complete the work we have started in the adult literacy program.

We are very excited and privileged to be restoring foundations that have been severely damaged and instilling in our Learners the confidence to take their rightful place in society.

Partnership and Support

To partner with the Lekki Adult Literacy and Vocational Centre, please send your support to LEKKI ADULT LITERACY AND VOCATIONAL CENTRE / Union Bank PLC account number: 0175364872.

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Breaking: Lagos Assembly Passes Victim, Witnesses Protection Bill

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed a bill to protect witnesses and victims in the state.

The ‘bill for a law to provide for the rights and entitlements of victims and protection of witnesses and for connected purposes’ was passed during plenary presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa.

The bill stipulates provision of assistance and protection to victims and witnesses who have vital information that could help ensure effective prosecution of cases, but who face intimidation due to their cooperation with the prosecution or law enforcement agencies.

A part of the bill further states: “Every person, including security agents shall render assistance to victims of accidents or crimes and ensure that such persons are taken to the nearest hospital for immediate
care and treatment.

“A public or private hospital shall provide immediate and adequate treatment to an accident victim or any person with gunshot and severe injuries or wounds.”

It stipulates a fine for any medical facility that fails to comply with the related section of the bill.

“A private hospital that receives accident victims with severe injuries or wounds for treatment under this section must inform the agency within Forty-Eight (48) hours of his admission, and forward a request for reimbursement of medical expenses where family members or relations cannot be identified or where the victim is indigent, and subject to the approval of the request by the agency, it shall forward records of the treatment to the agency,” the bill states.

With the bill scaling a third reading during plenary, the Speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Barr. Olalekan Onafeko, to send a clean copy to the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his assent.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly8

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Obasa to Remi Tinubu At 62: Your Roles In Nigeria’s Democracy Are Indelible

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ObasaThe Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has congratulated Senator Oluremi Tinubu on her 62nd birthday.

Dr. Obasa, in a statement by Eromosele Ebhomele, his Chief Press Secretary, described the former First Lady of Lagos as one whose love for Nigeria and roles in national unity and development are worthy of emulation by every well-meaning citizen.

The Speaker added that Senator Tinubu has continued to etch her name in the history of Nigeria as a politician of repute, a champion of the downtrodden and an advocate for the youth, the aged and good governance.

He noted Senator Tinubu’s passion for a greater Nigeria both as a crusader for a more vibrant democracy and as a serving member of the National Assembly.

“As the loving wife of our dear leader and presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, you have been a major pillar of support and progress.

“That Nigeria practises democracy today is partly as a result of the roles you played while the military held on the the government of the country. History is replete with how you worked tirelessly against the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election result won by Chief MKO Abiola and how you took care of many exiled members of the National Democratic Coalition and citizens of Nigeria who were at the time under the radar.

“As First Lady of Lagos State, your love for the education of the underprivileged in the society and the need to raise standards gave birth to your pet project, The Spelling Bee Competion, which, delightedly, has produced great minds and future leaders.

“Lagos is blessed with you and we are happy that you have remained a major support for the growth and development of our State. You have also remained a mentor to many Nigerians whose lives you have touched with your New Era Foundation and various scholarship programmes.

“On behalf of my family and members of the legislative arm of Lagos government, I congratulate you on your birthday and pray that God continue to bless you with good health, strength and divine capacity ahead of the bigger task before us all, amen,” Obasa prayed.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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Queen Elizabeth: Lagos Assembly Wants More For Nigerian Traditional Rulers

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the government to improve the honour given first-class and prominent traditional rulers before and after their death.

This motion followed a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by the lawmaker representing Mushin Constituency 2, Hon. Olawale Abdulsobur Olayiwola, during on plenary on Monday.

Referring to the celebration that accompanied the burial ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II of England, Hon. Olayiwola observed that traditional rulers in Nigeria are never given adequate honour and recognition before and after their death.

In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa emphasised that while it might not be easy to honour all the traditional rulers in the state, first-class royal fathers should be celebrated.

The Speaker said that he shared the idea of celebrating those who make up the traditional institution adding: “We should learn how to elevate our own. If foreigners are coming to celebrate us through their documentaries, we should think deeply about celebrating ourselves too.

“The Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs should fashion out how best our Obas should be celebrated.

“Occupiers of recognised thrones that have been in existence for many years should be celebrated,” he said.

Earlier in his argument, Olayiwola had said: “Queen Elizabeth II left after over 70 years on the throne and the burial was attended by a delegation from Nigeria led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“But here in Nigeria, we don’t celebrate our traditional rulers in death. An example was when the former Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, joined his ancestors recently. He was not celebrated as he should,” he lamented.

Olayiwola, Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Community Affairs, called on the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs to celebrate the traditional rulers in the state while they are alive and during their demise.

This was accepted by all the lawmakers at plenary.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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