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China allows couples to have three children: state media

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China will allow couples to have three children after a census showed its population is rapidly ageing, state media said Monday, further unwinding four decades of strict family planning controls in the world’s most populous nation which have strangled the birthrate.

In 2016 China relaxed its controversial “one-child policy” — one of the world’s strictest family planning regulations — to a “two-child policy” due to widespread concerns over an ageing workforce and economic stagnation.

Despite government efforts to encourage couples to have children, China’s annual births have continued to plummet to a record low of 12 million in 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics said last month, as the cost of living rises and women increasingly make their own family planning choices.

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The slump threatens a demographic crisis which has alarmed the ruling Communist Party headed by President Xi Jinping, booking in a shortage of young workers to drive an economy experts say will by 2050 will have to support hundreds of millions of elderly.

A Monday meeting of the elite Politburo leadership committee hosted by Xi announced a further loosening of the state’s control over the size of families.

“To actively respond to the ageing population … a couple can have three children,” state media Xinhua reported.

The Politburo meeting also promised “accompanying support measures” that are also “conducive to the country’s population structure”, though these were left unspecified.

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Skewed gender balance
China’s fertility rate stands at 1.3 — below the level needed to maintain a stable population, the National Bureau of Statistics revealed.

The once-in-a-decade 2020 census results published last month also showed that China’s population grew at its slowest rate since the 1960s, reaching 1.41 billion.

China’s gender balance has also been skewed by decades of the one-child policy, and a traditional social preference for boys which prompted a generation of sex-selective abortions and abandoned baby girls.

Although the policy has been relaxed in the last few years, this has not prompted the baby boom policymakers had hoped for.

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Falling marriage rates in recent years have played out in slower birth rates, as have rising costs of living and increasingly empowered and educated women delaying or avoiding childbirth.

It may be too late to reverse the downward trend, some experts say.

“Most families have a preference for few children now — akin to the rest of Northeast Asia,” said Lauren Johnston, a China economics and demography researcher at SOAS University of London.

“By the time of the next census will there be many third children? Probably few.”

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As China ages, there are significant economic and political implications for the world’s second biggest economy.

“It’s reasonable for the government to introduce policies to spur childbirths in the face of huge population pressure,” said 31-year-old Vivien, who is married.

“Having children is a citizen’s contribution to their country.”

A third of Chinese are forecast to be elderly by 2050, heaping huge pressure on the state to provide pensions and healthcare.

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But for a younger generation of women, living in the hyper-competitive normality of modern China’s cities where good work and accommodation are hard to find, the relaxation may have little attraction.

“Personally, I don’t want to have even a single child,” a 27-year-old single woman who gave her name only as Wendy, told AFP

 

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Adeyemi College Of Education Staffs Union Block Ore-Ondo Highway ( Video)

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In the early hours of today June 28th 2022, it was reported that the Non-teaching Staff of Adeyemi College of Education came out in masse dislodging all economic activities and blocking vehicular movements on the Ore-Ondo highway, in what was described as a peaceful demonstration.

The staff had their convergence in front of the institution’s gate, where they aired their demands.

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It was noted that their protest is premised on the inability of the Buhari-led federal government to appoint a new Vice-Chancellor for the College turned University, hoping that since the status of the institution has been upgraded and signed into law, there is need for effective steps to be taken by the federal government to put in place necessary measures to materialise the University status.

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It’s observed that the foremost Federal College of Education stationed in Ondo, was upgraded to a University at the beginning of the year 2022, but there have been expectations among staff and the college Community that the government should have appointed a VC for the institution, to authenticate the new status.

The staff members opined that the speculations around as made it compelling for them to engage in such demonstration to make the stand of the staff members known.

Their earnest expectation remains that the federal government meets up their appeal by appointing a Vice Chancellor.

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Adeyemi College Of Education Staffs Union Block Ore-Ondo Highway  In the early hours of today June 28th 2022, it was reported that the Non-teaching Staff of Adeyemi

 

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

The police in Bauchi state has arrested a 32-year-old man identified as Isaac Ezekiel, of Rafin Zurfi Yelwa Bauchi Metropolitan, for allegedly plucking the eyes of a 16-year-old boy.

 

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

 

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According to LIB who had earlier shared the story of how the victim identified as Uzairu Salisu, was employed to work on a farm and while carrying out the duty, was attacked with his eyes plucked out.

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

 

A statement released by the spokesperson of the police command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, said the suspect voluntarily confessed to the unfortunate crime.

 

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Man and his accomplices arrested for plucking out eyes of 16-year-old boy in Bauchi

 

The police spokesperson said a prompt search at the house of the suspect led to the recovery of Uzairu Salisu’s eyeballs.

 

Exhibit recovered from the suspect two human eyeballs in a calabash, Cable wire used in perpetrating the heinous act, Travelling bag containing some native medicine”

Wakili added that others arrested in connection with the crime include Nensok Bawa ‘M’ 38yr-old of Kabwir District Kanke Local Government Area Plateau State and Yohana Luka (AKA Doctor Samu) 52yr-old of Golbong Village Amper District in Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State.

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”Findings reveal that in April 2022, Principal Suspect Isaac Ezekiel conspired with the two suspects above to conceive the idea to commit the atrocity of getting the eyeballs of a human being.

On 24th June 2022 at about 0900hrs the principal suspect Isaac Ezekiel lured one Uzairu Salisu ‘M’ 16yr of Jahun Bauchi Metropolitan into a nearby Bush for a casual job on his farm, the Isaac Ezekiel used a cable wire to strangulate Uzairu Salisu into a coma and use a knife to remove the two eyes for a ritual purpose.

Investigation is in progress, after which the suspects will be charged to court.” the statement read

 

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Herders kill passerby after commercial bus rammed into their cows and killed one

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Herders kill passerby after commercial bus rammed into their cows and killed one

The police in Lagos state have arrested two herdsmen for allegedly killing an onlooker in the Agbemowo, Badagry area of the state today June 27.

A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Benjamin Jundeyin, says the trouble started when a commercial bus rammed into two cows, killing one of them.

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Herders kill passerby after commercial bus rammed into their cows and killed one

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The herdsmen got angry and intended to attack the bus driver and conductor but ended up killing an onlooker. Benjamin in his statement debunked claims that the deceased ran to the police station for protection but was turned back.

”A commercial vehicle ran into two cows this morning at Agemowo, Badagry, killing one of the cows. The two cattle herders attacked someone they mistook for the vehicle conductor, resulting in his death. Angry residents blocked the highway in protest of the killing.

The DPO, Morogbo Division, assisted by soldiers from 243 Recce Battalion, Badagry successfully cleared the obstruction. Normalcy has since returned to the area. It is entirely false that the victim was turned back when he sought refuge in the police station.

He did not make it off the accident scene, let alone reach the station. Meanwhile, the two herders have been arrested. Investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided subsequently.”

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