Ensuring inclusive education for blind students

Mrs Ibrahim and her husband, Mr Mansur Ibrahim in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, did not know they gave birth to a visually impaired baby. After some months, they observed that they could not connect expressions between them and the baby but they thought the development could be one of the early challenges among the newborns. After two years, they sought help from a medical specialist that diagnosed that their son was visually impaired. The specialist suggested medications to restore the baby’s sight which the couple agreed and the…

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Tightening the noose on sexual offenders

Slowly but steadily, the issue of sexual offences is becoming a hot topic in Nigeria. Since the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC ran the sex-for-marks documentary few months ago; the decibel has gone a notch higher with several efforts being made across the country to arrest such indecency. Currently, an online petition is being collated by a non-governmental organisation (NGO) – Exam Ethics Marshals International (EEMI). It has received 1,700 signatures online on petitions to fast track the passage of the Sexual Harassment Bill before the National Assembly. According to  Ike…

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When young widows bear their burdens alone

A woman becomes lonely and depressed when her better half and breadwinner departs from her, consequently leaving two people’s burden to one person. It becomes terribly unbearable when she has no shoulder to cry on. Inumidun Omobulejo, with agency, reports   Folakemi Adeyanju, a 27-year-old widow became naturally became depressed after losing her husband three years ago, especially as   she has to cater for her three children alone. Adeyanju is among many young widows suffering from depression who realised that the condition may eventually put an end to their…

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Malnutrition clinic: Bauchi nursing mothers engage in petty trading to raise transport fare

Some less privileged nursing mothers in Bauchi state have resorted to petty trading to generate money for use in transporting themselves to Malnutrition Management Centres to acquire the Ready-to-Use-Theurapeutic Food (RUTF) for their children. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of such centers in Darazo Local Government Area, the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in Darazo, attends to malnourished children both in the town and neighbouring communities far and near, with the period of treatment covering about eight weeks. However, most of the women can hardly afford…

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Arresting scourge of sexual molestation of minors

Femi Ogunshola Almost on daily basis, we read about rape and sexual harassment of minors even by those old enough to be their grandparents. Psychologists blame this bizarre attitude on unbridled lust and insatiable urge for sex. However, defilement of underage is outlawed by Section 218 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 42,Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. The section provides that:  “Any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 13 years is guilty of felony, and is liable to imprisonment for life, with or…

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Aishah Ahmad: Leading the charge for women in financial services

More than being the Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mrs. Aishah Ahmad is a study in critical thinking, resilience, and intelligence. Within a space of 20 minutes, at the just-concluded World Bank/IMF 2019 annual meetings in Washington DC, she held her audience which includes global financial players, spellbound.                      WALE ELEGBEDE, who witnessed her presentation on ‘Cybersecurity Exercises: Experience from Sub-Saharan Africa’, reports       F or the audience that witnessed the capacity…

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Sperm bank taken to court after mum who picked ‘6ft donor’ gives birth to dwarf

A sperm bank’s website has been blocked after a woman gave birth to a child with dwarfism. The woman – a successful writer whose identity has not been disclosed – chose a father for her child from pictures of donors on the site. She and underwent successful IVF treatment at her private Moscow clinic after paying for his sperm, reports mirror.co.uk. She was attracted by his fair-haired looks, higher education – and height of more than 6ft, according to reports in Russia. At more than 40-years-old she believed this was…

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67-year-old woman gives birth in China, may be country’s oldest new mom

She may look like a grandmother — but a 67-year-old woman in China is believed to be the country’s oldest new mom after giving birth to a healthy girl. The sexagenarian, who was only identified by her surname Tian, welcomed her bundle of joy Friday at Zaozhuang Maternity and Child Health Hospital via cesarean section, according to CNN. Tian, a retired doctor who’d worked at the same hospital in the Shandong region, naturally conceived after taking traditional Chinese fertility treatments, a hospital spokeswoman told the network. “We were quite lucky,…

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67-year-old woman gives birth in China, may be country’s oldest new mom

She may look like a grandmother — but a 67-year-old woman in China is believed to be the country’s oldest new mom after giving birth to a healthy girl. The sexagenarian, who was only identified by her surname Tian, welcomed her bundle of joy Friday at Zaozhuang Maternity and Child Health Hospital via cesarean section, according to CNN. Tian, a retired doctor who’d worked at the same hospital in the Shandong region, naturally conceived after taking traditional Chinese fertility treatments, a hospital spokeswoman told the network. “We were quite lucky,…

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When children have to fend for their families

As the economy bites harder, women and children seem to be mostly at the receiving end of it. They feel the pangs the more. Nowadays, more children are seen braving the odds on the roads, at bus stops and inside traffic,  hawking different items. Most of those that New Telegraph spoke with, insisted that their parents asked them to hawk in order to support the family. For them, it is a means of survival. AUGUSTA NKENCHOR reports   Born into the slums in Egbeda axis of Lagos, having her mum…

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