Covid-19: FG orders schools to conduct weekly assessment

‌ In preparation for schools reopening, the Federal Government has released more guidelines that will prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, which disclosed this on Thursday, stated that schools had been directed to conduct COVID-19 risk assessment every week. The NCDC also disclosed that local governments and states were directed to conduct monthly and quarterly COVID-19 risk assessment in schools respectively. According to the NCDC, the assessment will determine schools’ level of compliance with safety protocols including physical distancing, hand-washing and the use of face masks,…

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Private polytechnics’ proprietors disagree with ASUU, ASUP over schools reopening

Private Polytechnics Proprietors in Nigeria on Thursday disagreed with lecturers that tertiary institutions should remain closed to activities due to COVID-19 pandemic, saying that they were not sincere. Lecturers under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics had declared that schools in the country should not be reopened. According to them, the population of students in public tertiary institutions was too large to be allowed for social distancing in line with COVID-19 management protocols. The Association of Proprietors of Private Polytechnics in Nigeria…

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FG approves full reopening of schools

The Federal Government has instructed state governments and school administrators to start preparations for the full reopening of schools in the country. Before now, the FG allowed the resumption of graduating pupils from August 4, 2020, to write this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination from August 17, 2020, through September 12, 2020. Some state governments such as Lagos and Kogi had subsequently announced the full reopening of schools effective mid-September. National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, during a briefing at the Nnamdi Azikwe…

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Covid-19: 19 infected Gombe students recover

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, a Gombe State Epidemiologist, Dr Bile Nuhu, on Tuesday said the state had established school isolation spaces across 16 boarding schools in the state. He said the isolation spaces were for the management of mild cases of COVID-19. He said, “Out of the 20 boarding schools in Gombe State, we used the checklist that looks at the structures on the ground and the components in the structures that are ideal that can serve as isolation spaces for just mild cases not severe cases. Severe…

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COVID-19: Don’t be in a haste to reopen schools, says FG

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, gave a warning on Monday in Abuja at the 62nd joint national briefing of the taskforce, where he called for caution as some state governments announce reopening of schools, saying that COVID-19 remains potent and very dangerous. According to Mustapha, as the nation plans to re-open more sectors, everyone must stay the course and stick with the winning strategy which is anchored on the ability of our health institutions to contain the virus. “While…

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JAMB blacklists 22 centres for defrauding 11,823 candidates of N59m

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has delisted over 22 Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres for allegedly defrauding 11,823 of its candidates to the tune of N59 million. According to the registrar and chief executive officer of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, he said they carried out the fraud by charging candidates more than stipulated amount for effecting correction on profile as well as bypassing One-Time Password (OTP) required of candidates to initiate such changes. While saying 22 centres from nine states were indicted for the infractions, Prof. Oloyede said any…

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UNILAG crisis: Senate to name acting VC as FG directs Babalakin, Ogundipe to step aside

Following the sacking of the University of Lagos Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the Federal Government has directed him and the chairman of its Governing Council, Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN), to step aside. Accordingly, the government said they should both step aside, pending the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by President Muhammadu Buhari. The government’s position was contained in a statement issued on Friday night by the Director, Press and Public Relations, in the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong. The statement also directed the Senate…

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ASUU backs Unilag VC, carpets governing council’s decision

In a swift reaction to the purported removal of the University of Lagos Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, he has put up a counter move stating that it is “untrue and a figment of imagination,” and making it known that he is still in charge at the institution. He rejected the news of his removal on Wednesday afternoon. Recall that the Governing Council of the university, led by its chairman, had announced Professor Ogundipe’s removal at a council meeting in Abuja. The Vice Chancellor is not the only one dismissing the…

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University of Lagos Vice Chancellor sacked

Professor Olawatoyin Ogundipe, the Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos (UNILAG) has been sacked by the governing council of the institution. The announced was made during a meeting of the institution’s Governing Council which held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) building in Abuja today(Wednesday). Seven members voted for the removal of Ogundipe (UNILAG Vice Chancellor) while four voted against.  One of the members voted that he should rather be placed on suspension. The meeting was presided over by its Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN). Share…

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COVID-19: Ogun State reverses decision, orders free tests for students

Governor Dapo Abiodun has ordered the stepping down of the COVID-19 test as a mandatory requirement for returning students in the exit classes, and equally directed that the “government laboratories carry out tests for all returning SS3 boarding students at no cost”. The governor reversed it’s decision, making COVID-19 tests free for all returning SS3 boarding students. Those that have paid for tests will be refunded. Governor Abiodun, who gave the directives while reacting to the protest embarked on by parents of final year students in private secondary schools in…

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