South African public schools will close again for a month from Monday to limit the spread of coronavirus as the country grapples with surging infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.
The country has now recorded 408,052 coronavirus cases, the fifth-highest in the world. More than 6,000 people have died from the virus. Rising infections have caused concern among teaching staff, with unions calling on the government to revoke its decision to reopen schools for certain grades in June.
“Cabinet has decided today that all public schools should take a break for the next four weeks,” Ramaphosa said during an address to the nation, adding that the academic year that is due to end in December would be extended. Schools will be closed from 27 July and scheduled to reopen on August 24.
“We have taken a deliberately cautious approach to keep schools closed during a period when the country is expected to experience its greatest increase in infections,” Ramaphosa said.
The president also announced a “historic” R500 billion ($30 billion) social relief and economic support package to fund the health response and assist “those in greatest need”. Africa’s most industrialised economy is expected to contract by between 6.3 and 7.5 percent due to the pandemic, according to the African Development Bank. [AFP]
ANAMBRA: COMMISIONING OF ULTRAMODERN FACILITY AT COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL ENUGWUABO UFUMA
What is representation if not the tendency of elected legislators to advocate on behalf of his constituents.
In my bid to ensure people oriented and proper representation, today I commissioned an ultra modern convenience facility built for Community Primary school pupils at Enugwuabo Village of Ufuma in Orumba North LG.
I sincerely appreciate the President of our dear country as well as the honourable minister for works, His Excellency Babatunda Raji Fashola for approving this project through Federal Ministry of Works and Housing (Housing Sector).
This project is one out of many projects that will be carried out in my Constituency. As soon as COVID19 pandemic is over, so many other projects will be kick started across Orumba North and South Federal Constituency.
I also appreciate the President General of Ufuma community for giving maximum support to contractor, Engr Frank and his team to enable them start and complete the project in good time.
Afterwards, I did over site inspection of the roads from Amaokpala and AWGBU through Enugwu Nanka and Isuofia through Ifite Nanka.
I will continue to do my best to ensure that these roads get the required attention In no distant time as they are gradually turning into gully erosion sites.
Like I promised, I will do my very best to ensure that what is due for my constituency gets to them.
Changing the political face of Orumba is eminent by God’s special grace.
Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo, MHR
Orumba North and South Federal Constituency
Meet Ijeoma The Beautiful Corper That Hawks (PHOTOS)
On one of the previous Saturdays, I left a shoot for the market because I was affectionately in need of ukwa when I stormed into this peanut butter. At first, I didn’t know what it was but I knew there was something. I got attracted and I didn’t even know when I removed my Canon baby for a shot. She obviously didn’t know I was doing my art (do you know I almost forgot what I came to buy 😋😋😋😋 something must just kill a man someday).
I was inbetween going to talk to her when I got a call from Oscar and it was emergency, plus I suddenly remembered I came for ukwa(breadfruit). Somehow I had a strong conviction that I would see her again (I just didn’t know where, but then I remembered my philosophy of _’this world is a small room’_).
I got my ukwa finally and immediately left for home. I was restless to be honest. I had many thoughts; like how would such a beauty still dry herself outside when this contemporary society has offered more options or was she a victim of early marriage struggling to survive? Either she still has more options, why choose hawking? I kept on asking myself questions over and over until I slept off. I didn’t relate my encounter to anyone so I was alone with my thoughts and confusion.
The week had just begun and shoots were just on for me. I had no time for the market and it pained me because I was missing someone I didn’t even know (I really commend those in love. You guys are doing well). When it was Thursday I couldn’t hold myself anymore, I just knew my spirit was already at the market so I came up with an emergency excuse (if you guys see this, ignore it ooo 🙌🙌🙌) and oh my! My crew bought it. So off I went. I arrived at the market and went straight to the spot I met her praying anxiously that I meet her there but sometimes, it is what it is. I didn’t see her! My heart was ripped! I was disappointed _. I searched all over but couldn’t find nobody 🎶🎶_ you know the song right? It kept singing in my mind.
I wasn’t in any mood for songs chacha so I left the place angrily, but an Angel, yes, an Angel said to me, “why not ask people around?” So I walked back to my miracle scene and lucky met a patient old woman whom really didn’t get my description but still signaled to me to go to *_ogbo Anu(meat sellers spot)*. Oh my! Why didn’t I think of that place earlier (because I didn’t think of it). I was already at *_Ogbo Anu_* looking helplessly for her but still couldn’t have a glimpse of her. Hope and patient was no longer by my side. I already concluded it was just coincidence.
As I was about leaving, my heart skipped when it saw something. As typical of me I didn’t recognize it immediately so I had to look again and Wala! There she was in the most shocking clothes I never imagined she could have! Khaki? Nigerian corper? Incredible! My Canon baby was out as usual but this time she saw me. I said to myself the only thing that would stop me from talking to her today is if only the ground opens to swallow me (when you know what you want, you have to be more serious than your government). I waited for her to finish serving some of the customers she had at that time before taking my gentle self to her 😃😃. The first thing I said to her was, “it’s like you have another plan for selling plantain.” She smiled. Chai if you see smile eh! Well as a no dulling guy that I am, I asked her why she was wearing khaki (I no wan assume). I wan know weda na her way na but she said, “oh! Today was my CDS and my mother hasn’t really sold much so I decided to carry it around.” Her English bugodi standard. Your guy lost his head na.. Babe digodi set na suzi suprisupri(babe is set and speaks correctly) with plantain obunisi(on her head) . What other thing could have intoxicated me bikonu?
Her smile alone na European currency (no wonder my Nigerian brothers too like Europe). I got to know a lot about her with time and I have learnt a lot from her over this short period. One thing I know for sure is that Ijay wants to model.
One thing that took me time to understand was how someone as beautiful and elegant as she preferred hawking foodstuffs and even still helping her mother to running the streets like other girls (forgive my ignorance but this is Nigeria na). Anyways, meet my model and my melanin peanut butter. She is up for any endorsement or workmanship. She’s open for modelling and she really needs our support!
NB: i later discovered the person she refered as mum is her landlady….
Make this go round until her helper sees it!
Credit: Odims David
State Cancels N25,000 Covid-19 Test Requirement As Schools Reopen.
Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, on Monday, cancelled the initially announced Covid-19 test requirement for resuming pupils in exiting classes.
There has been outrage by parents of pupils in private secondary schools in the state over the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government.
But in a statement on Monday evening titled, “Ogun Makes COVID-19 Test Free For All Returning SS3 Boarding Students”, the governor stepped down COVID-19 test as a requirement for each graduating pupil to resume.
Abiodun also apologised for the “inconvenience and confusion” experienced by some protesting parents on Sunday.
The statement read, “After reviewing these developments, I have today immediately directed that the Government Laboratories carry out tests for all returning SS3 boarding students at no cost. I have also directed that all those who have paid for tests be refunded. The health of our children remains our utmost priority.
“However, in view of the total number of boarding students to be tested (5,340private and 500 public), and bearing in mind the limitation of our installed testing capacity of 500 tests per day, it may not be feasible for all boarding students to get tested and get their results prior to resumption or even exams which commence on 17th August 2020.
“Consequently, the State Government has, therefore, stepped down the COVID-19 test as a mandatory requirement for returning students in our exit classes.
“We, therefore, enjoin Private School owners to exercise their duty of care to their pupils. The admittance of students into boarding houses in private secondary schools will be at the discretion of the management and the Parents Teachers Association of such private schools.
“Ogun State Government recommends that students who do not have to stay in the boarding house should attend school from home, especially those with underlying health conditions.
“I have also directed the provision of face masks to all students in both private and public schools.
“The inconvenience and confusion experienced yesterday are highly regrettable and my sincere apologies to the parents and students so affected.
“The quality and standard of education and well being of our children are issues that are very dear to my heart.
“I appreciate the cooperation, support, resilience and understanding of all the people of Ogun State towards flattening the curve of COVID-19. It is my prayer that this phase will end soonest.”
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