How the World’s Richest Companies Can Help Its Poorest Citizens

Governments increasingly recognize that connecting their unbanked citizens to basic financial services is a valuable tool for overcoming poverty and driving economic growth. From Kenya and Tanzania, to Jordan and Peru, digital technology and simple mobile phones are opening up opportunities for millions of people by helping them to safely save and manage their money.…

via How the World’s Richest Companies Can Help Its Poorest Citizens — TIME

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Carrot Cake Easter Eggs

Food blogger Jasmin, from The Happiness Kitchen, shares a seasonal recipe for moist, maple-sweetened, cashew-frosted, and gluten-free carrot cake Easter eggs.

via Carrot Cake Easter Eggs (Gluten Free) — Discover

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Real science must guide policy

Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels Guest opinion by Paul Driessen All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with manmade climate […]

via Real science must guide policy — Watts Up With That?

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2017 BATCH ‘A’ MOBILIZATION: Process of Payment On NYSC Portal Using REMITA Pay Engine

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The NYSC Prospective Corps Members should go to the portal home page and follow the following steps for Payment using REMITA:

Click on “already Have Account”-Click here to login.

PCM enters Email id and password to login

i) PCM clicks on “click here to make payment”.

i) After a successful login,The PCM will click on “Proceed to Payment,” once the payment confirmation page is displayed, the PCM will be
redirected to Remita Payment Engine with various payment options.

Option A: For Cards and Wallet Payments;
i) PCM clicks on “Pay now with Cards or Wallets”
ii) PCM provides card details, pin and any other information required and if the transaction is successful, the redirect URL is loaded
iii) Status of the transaction.

Option B: Paying in any Bank Branch:
i) Copy the RRR number generated by NYSC portal and take to any of the approved banks. Click on “see available bank branches” to view the
ii) After making the payment at the bank branch, the PCM can check payment status on
PCM inputs transaction reference number/email id or phone number used in
Registering online. Click on “continue” to query Remita and view the transaction detail?
iii) Click on “Get status” to view the details of payments.

Source: NTA

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Assembly Passes Bill on Free, Compulsory Education For Children – NTA

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The Sokoto State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill for the right to free and compulsory basic education to all children in the state.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this followed a motion moved by the House Leader, Alhaji Garba Bello (APC- Yabo).

NAN also reports that the motion followed the consideration of a report by the Assembly’s Committee on Education, presented by its Chairman, Alhaji Aminu Bala (APC- Bodinga South).

Bala said that after due consultation with all stakeholders, it was resolved the bill should imply that all children from the ages of six to eighteen have the right to free education.

“That the bill makes provision for right to education for children of six to eighteen; by implication, it means free education up to Senior Secondary level.

“Moreso, children within the age bracket must attend school and failure to do so will attract sanctions.

“However, in the course of discussion with the stakeholders, the committee was assured of a strategic plan by the government to source the funds that will adequately finance the implementation of the bill,” he said.

The Chairman added that the bill sought to make provision to institutionalize the School-Based Management Committee (SBMC), as one of the major features of the bill.

Bala also said that the committee had recommended that the bill shoul make provision for the creation of a ministry charged with the responsibility for basic education, to serve as the implementing ministry.

He then called on his colleagues to consider the bill, as it had a great impact to the growth and development of the state.

After the members unanimously accepted the motion in a vote, the Speaker, Alhaji Salihu Maidaji, said the recommendations of the committee had been considered and remained part of the report.

“As such, the bill for a law to provide for the right to free and compulsory basic education to all children in Sokoto State, is accordingly read the third term and passed,” he said.

In another development, the Assembly has called on the state government to consider the construction of a 30km road linking several villages in Tureta Local Government area.

NAN reports that this followed a motion moved by Alhaji Abdullahi Randa (APC- Tureta), and seconded by Alhaji Mohammad Bashir (APC- Shagari).

Randa said that the road, if constructed, would link several villages with the local government headquarters.

He said the road would also further boost the socio-economic activities of the people in the area.

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The danger of a single story.


Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of diasporan literature.

Why you should listen
In Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun has helped inspire new, cross-generational communication about the Biafran war. In this and in her other works, she seeks to instill dignity into the finest details of each character, whether poor, middle class or rich, exposing along the way the deep scars of colonialism in the African landscape.

Adichie’s newest book, The Thing Around Your Neck, is a…

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