Author: Daniel Ighakpe

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese Proverb.  In many parts of the world, October 5 of every year is observed as World Teachers’ Day. Also known as International Teachers’ Day, it is a day that celebrates the incredible role that teachers all over the world play and their important contribution to society. This year marks the 29th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, and the theme for this year is: “The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage.” On October 5,…

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September 8th of every year is observed as ‘International Literacy Day’. The theme for the 2023 International Literacy Day is:”Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies.” This theme will, among other things, highlight how developing the ability to read and write, as well as developing numeracy skills, can engender inclusiveness and equity. One of the most critical forms of social infrastructure that can be used to promote literacy is the Library. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most undervalued! A Public Library is a non-profit library that is accessible by the…

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Improving Access To Affordable Housing Shelter is one of the basic needs of man, and the idea of affordable housing to cater to this need is both practical and viable. According to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–Habitat), 30 per cent of the world’s urban population resides in slums, with deplorable conditions, where people suffer from several deficiencies, including lack of access to improved water, absence of sewage facilities, living in overcrowded conditions, and in buildings that are structurally unsound. There are conflicting figures about Nigeria’s housing deficit, but experts often quote between 17 and 21 million. Affordable housing…

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This is a rejionder with respect to an article published in The Guardian newspaper of Thursday, 20th July 2023, titled: “Tackling the menace of unqualified teachers in private schools.” I humbly appeal to the concerned authorities to show at least some form of consideration for competent and quality teachers. Going strictly by their lack of N.C.E/B. Ed./PGDE credentials, people might otherwise refer to these teachers as “unqualified. or other education-related qualifications, as well as their status of registration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (T.R.C.N). Considering the high rate of unemployment in the country currently, will the removal of…

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The health benefits of milk “And there will be enough . . . milk to feed you, To feed your household, and to sustain your servant girls.” – Proverbs 27:27. A healthy drink – Milk, is the first food we consume when we are born. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants during their first months of life. Children are encouraged to drink up their milk so that they can grow up big and strong. Do we, however, tend to stop drinking this nutritious beverage, milk, as we grow older? Even as adults, should we still drink milk? For…

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According to the timetable for the currently ongoing 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), school candidates will be writing their Essay and Objective examinations in Agricultural Science on Thursday, May 18, 2023, between the hours of 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Then, on Friday, May 26, 2023, between the hours of 9:30 am and 1:00 pm, these school candidates are expected to be examined in Practical Agriculture in the ongoing WASSC Examinations. With regards to these examinations, especially in the area of practical agriculture, one begins to wonder how adequately prepared these school candidates are, or will be,…

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“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.” —Joseph Addison, 1711. DID you ever go to school? Most people can answer yes—but not everyone can. Untold millions of children receive no regular schooling, and this has continued to be the case for a long time, so that today a large number of adults are illiterate. Yet, a good education is a basic need. The Holy Scriptures strongly encourage the acquisition of wisdom, for example, at Proverbs 3:21, where it says: “Safeguard practical wisdom and thinking ability” and at Proverbs 4:7, where we read: “Wisdom is…

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While taking a walk down the street along Seventh Avenue in Festac Town, Lagos where I live, I notice a large area of land just behind a public primary school building (Progress Primary School), which has been dedicated for use as a School Farm. On the farmland currently, you will find a large quantity of Cassava crops growing very nicely on the ridges that have been prepared for them. This school farm simply catches my interest and admiration anytime I pass by the school, and being an agriculture-enthusiast (someone with a keen interest and liking for the field of agriculture),…

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A visit to the market in recent times reveals that the cost of food and other household items is still on the high. There have also been significant increases in the prices of cooking gas, liquid fuel, solid fuel, passenger transport by road, passenger transport by air, and so on. Also, the value of the naira continues to depreciate even though regulatory agencies say they are doing everything possible to stabilise the economy. Both salary earners and self-employed citizens are complaining that their earnings rarely meet up with family demands including feeding, clothing, shelter, health and education. Life has therefore…

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In page 4 of The Guardian newspaper of Tuesday, January 17, 2023, we find a news headline that states: “25m Nigerians at risk of severe hunger in 2023, FAO warns.”  Under this news headline, we read about the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO’s) warning that some 25 million Nigerians are at risk of severe hunger between June and August this year (2023). The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) identified the main causes of hunger to include persistent conflicts, climate change, inflation, and rising food prices. In addition, currency depreciation has also been listed as a factor to the problem. The…

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“And there will be enough goat’s milk to feed you, To feed your household, and to sustain your servant girls.” – Proverbs 27:27. milk consumption A healthy drink – Milk, is the first food we consume when we are born. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants during their first months of life. Children are encouraged to drink up their milk so that they can “grow up big and strong.” Do we, however, tend to stop drinking this nutritious beverage, milk, as we grow older? Even as adults, should we still drink milk? For decades, scientific research has continued…

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“There is benefit in every kind of hard work . . . ” – Proverbs 14:23.  A talented Nigerian musician, Adekunle Gold, in one of his popular songs entitled ‘WORK,’ encouraged people to work hard. This is in harmony with what God’s Word, the Bible, recommends at Ecclesiastes chapter 9, verse 10, where it says: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might . . . ”  Work – whether paid or unpaid, is good for our health and well-being. It contributes to our happiness, helps us to build confidence and self-esteem, and can reward us financially.…

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Sometime in February 2022, I paid a visit to the Nigerian Postal Service’s Festac Town office located along 22 road in Festac Town in order to post some very important mails to Benin City, Edo State. These mails were addressed to important officials of the University of Benin precisely. They were very important to me because they would help me get some audience with some important staff at the university in order to resolve some serious issues for which I could not be present in person to deal with, at the time. While preparing these mails, I was somewhat skeptical…

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“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” – Japanese Proverb. In many parts of the world, October 5 of every year is observed as World Teachers’ Day. Also known as International Teachers’ Day, it is a day that celebrates the incredible role that teachers all over the world play and their important contribution to society. This year marks the 28th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, and the theme for this year is: “The transformation of education begins with teachers.” On October 5, 1966, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations…

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“Foolishness is tied up in the heart of a boy* (*Or “child; youth”), But the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” -Proverbs 22:15. “Do not hold back discipline from a boy* (*Or “child; youth”). If you strike him with the rod, he will not die. With the rod you should strike him, In order to save him from the Grave.” -Proverbs 23:13, 14. A recent news report shows that 85 per cent of Nigerian children between the ages of 1 and 14 experience violent discipline in schools, with nearly 1 in 3 children experiencing severe physical punishment.…

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“Whoever holds back his rod* (*or “discipline; punishment”) hates his son, But the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.” -Proverbs 13:24. “Foolishness is tied up in the heart of a boy* (*or “child; youth”), But the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” -Proverbs 22:15. “Do not hold back discipline from a boy* (*or “child; youth”). If you strike him with the rod, he will not die. With the rod you should strike him, In order to save him from the Grave.” -Proverbs 23:13, 14. “The rod* (*Or “discipline; punishment”) and reproof impart wisdom, But a child…

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On several occasions in the recent past, I have experienced the annoying incidence of receiving torn and dirty Naira Notes from the ATM. This has prompted me to write on this matter. It has now become a regular occurrence for a person to make a withdrawal from the ATM and the ATM dispenses dirty and torn Naira notes. On one occasion, I visited the UBA branch located on 23 road, Festac Town, to make a withdrawal. When the ATM dispensed the money, I received a bad note, which was torn. I complained to the bank staff who was present at…

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“A glass of MILK a day keeps black thoughts away . . . ” – Nischita Nibedita WORLD MILK DAY  is observed every year on June 1. It was introduced in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. MILK is the first food we consume when we are born. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants during their first months of life. Children are encouraged to drink up their milk so that they can “grow up big…

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“There is benefit in every kind of hard work . . . ” -Proverbs 14:23. A talented Nigerian musician, Adekunle Gold, in one of his popular songs entitled ‘WORK,’ encouraged people to work hard. This is in harmony with what God’s Word, the Bible, recommends at Ecclesiastes chapter 9, verse 10, where it says: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might . . . ” Work – whether paid or unpaid, is good for our health and well-being. It contributes to our happiness, helps us to build confidence and self-esteem, and can reward us financially.…

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(By Daniel Ighakpe). Agriculture is one of the earliest occupations of mankind. The Holy Scriptures, in Genesis Chapter 1, Verses 26-30; and in particular, Genesis Chapter 2, Verse 15; tell us that when God created man, He gave him the work of cultivating the ground, and then reaping its fruitage. God also put all the animals under the care of man. Thus, the main work of man came to be ‘Agriculture.’ According to one senior secondary school textbook (Essential Agricultural Science, by O.A. Iwena): “The term, ‘Agriculture’, is derived from two Latin words: “ager”, meaning field, and “cultura”, meaning…

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A recent walk down the street somewhere around my neighbourhood revealed a large crowd of people gathered around the ‘Agbo’ seller, each waiting to buy a dose of ‘Agbo,’ the popular concoction of herbs usually used for treating malaria and other maladies like ‘Jedi Jedi’ (Haemorrhoids); Typhoid fever; and so on. Many people who cannot afford the high cost of malaria drugs regularly visit the ‘Agbo’ joint to get a dose of this herbal concoction in order to relieve their symptoms. Even many others who have been taking prescribed malaria medications, but whose symptoms keep recurring, come to visit the…

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Agriculture was once the mainstay of the Nigerian economy. Before the discovery of oil, commercial farms blossomed and farming was seen and practised as the main occupation. The North had cotton, groundnuts and other products. The East had Palm Oil, while the Southwest had Cocoa. Agriculture laid the foundation for Nigeria’s industrialization, contributing the largest share to an economy that was experiencing very boisterous growth. However, after the discovery of oil, with its increased production and the huge revenue which it attracted, less and less attention began to be paid to agriculture. Nowadays, most people in Nigeria, particularly the youth,…

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A recent visit to a public service organisation has prompted me to write on this topic of poor attitude displayed by some public workers. Recently, specifically on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Samwo-Olu, visited FESTAC Town, Lagos, to commission the newly constructed ‘Senator Oluremi Tinubu Primary Health Care Centre’ located in the Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Secretariat on 41 road, FESTAC Town. My first visit to this beautiful and well-equipped healthcare facility was on Wednesday morning, 23rd March, 2022. I was pleased to find out that apart from the beautifully painted and constructed exterior of…

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“All children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances, have the right to quality education.” – UNICEF. International Day of Education is observed every year on January 24 to celebrate the role of education for peace and development. The theme for this year’s (2022) International Day of Educaton is: “Changing Course, Transforming Education.” According to ‘en.unesco.org,’ this year’s International Day of Education is a platform to showcase the most important transformations that have to be nurtured to realize everyone’s fundamental right to education and build a more sustainable, inclusive and peaceful futures. It will generate debate around how…

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Please, this is a humble appeal directed to the concerned authorities, requesting that at least some form of consideration be shown to some competent and quality teachers, who would otherwise be referred to as “unqualified,” going strictly by their non-possession of the N.C.E/B.Ed./PGDE and other education-related qualifications, as well as their status of registration with the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (T.R.C.N). Going by this new policy on possession of only education-related qualifications by all schoolteachers, some pertinent questions arise in the minds of many, especially those who are likely to be affected by it. Such questions include: Would someone…

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Once upon a time, Nigeria paraded the best set of authors and publishers in Africa. At that time, reading was an innate affection for both young and old. This reading culture reflected so much on the quality of leadership and civil discipline that it brought pride to Nigerians anywhere in the world! But now, the rich literacy history the country was famous for is gradually been eroded. A new type of reading problem is sweeping our country. It is called ALITERACY. Aliteracy is defined as the quality or state of being able to read but being uninterested in doing…

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September 8th of every year is marked around the world as ‘International Literacy Day’ (ILD). Established in 1965 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Day is set aside to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Its aim is also to raise the world’s consciousness of literacy issues facing the global community, and to endorse campaigns that help to increase literacy for all the people. One of the most critical forms of social infrastructure that we have, that can be used to promote literacy is the Public Library. But unfortunately, it…

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” – Virginia Woolf. A visit to the market in recent times, and as a matter of fact, in the last one year, reveals that the cost of food items has increased drastically! Life has therefore become increasingly difficult for many Nigerians, especially the low-income earners, unemployed, and other vulnerable people. For example, a market survey showed that a ‘Derica’ cup of beans, which previously sold for between N250 and N300, is now sold for between N500 and N600 or more. A ‘paint’ bucket of garri, which…

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“Farming can prevent Famine.” -Daniel IGHAKPE. A Bible Chapter discussing about “the sign of Christ’s presence” – Chapter 24 of the Bible Book of Matthew, Verse 7 in particular, lists food shortages, or famine, among “the pangs of distress” that will afflict mankind in “the time of the end.” A recent newspaper report shows that 41 million persons are at risk of famine worldwide. Based on this report, “The World Food Programme (WFP), . . . warned that 41 million people in 43 countries “are teetering on the very edge of famine,” up from 27 million two years ago.” Conflicts,…

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“There is benefit in every kind of hard work . . . ” -Proverbs 14:23 A talented Nigerian musician, Adekunle Gold, in one of his popular songs titled ‘WORK,’ encouraged people to work hard. This is in harmony with what God’s Word, The Bible, recommends at Ecclesiastes Chapter 9, Verse 10: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might . . . ” Work – whether paid or unpaid, is good for our health and well-being. It contributes to our happiness, helps us to build confidence and self-esteem, and can reward us financially. Work is an essential…

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