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Lockdown: We Are Hungry – Private Schools Teachers Cry Out

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TEACHERS of private schools have appealed to the government to assist them with palliatives, saying the prolonged closure of schools as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 is subjecting them to starvation.
In a statement signed by their spokesman, Abdul-Ganiyy Raji, and made available to the Tribune Education in Kaduna, the private school teachers said it would be callous of the government to wait for owners and teachers of private schools to start dying of starvation before it comes to their aid.
“We cannot afford to keep ignoring the welfare of private schools teachers. Private school teachers are now hungry.
“We must remember that private schools survive primarily on earnings from their customers (parents) and we all know that schools have not collected third term fees from their customers.
“All the sources of income of private schools have been blocked by the current lockdown. Government should please do something about private schools,” Raji said.
The group noted that for more than two months now, schools have been closed in compliance with the lockdown order imposed by the Federal Government to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
It said: “The government is commended for this bold step; we have to stay at home to be safe and to be alive. Different countries of the world have also taken diverse steps to forestall the further spread of the highly infectious virus.
“However, while this lockdown lasts, is anybody talking about how school owners are coping with the salaries of their workforce at this difficult time? Is anybody discussing how school owners themselves are surviving and helping their family members during this lockdown?
“In Lagos for instance, schools were shut down as far back as March. We are in June. Are we aware that some school owners have not paid March and April salaries?”

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Auchi polytechnic dean of students’ affairs found dead in office

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Dean, Students’ Affairs, Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, Dr. Shola Eshiobo, has been found dead in his office.

A family source said the lifeless body of Eshiobo was discovered in his office on Sunday morning, after the wife raised the alarm that the lecturer did not return home from work on Saturday.

“He went to office Saturday afternoon that he was going to attend to some official matter. He normally goes to the office when he has so much to do. At about 9pm when he was not back, the wife started calling his line, but the call was not returned. She tried until late, still no response.

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“Early Sunday morning, she raised the alarm and told people around that the husband went to the office on Saturday but did not return. They went to the school, saw his vehicle at the car park, but when they got to his office, they found him dead. The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary,” the source said.

He said though no foul play was suspected, an autopsy would still be carried out by the family to ascertain the cause of his death.

Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Mr. Mustapha Oshiobugie, has described the incident as unfortunate.

“We heard about the unfortunate incident this morning (Sunday). The body has been taken to the morgue. An official statement will be made available on Monday,” he said.

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Governor Makinde Sacks LAUTECH VC, Professor Ologunde

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Oyo State Governor, Makinde Sacks LAUTECH VC, Professor Ologunde

According to the document below, Professor Michael Ologunde has been asked to step aside till further notice by the Visitor to the institution, Governor of Oyo State.

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Governor Makinde Sacks LAUTECH VC, Professor Ologunde

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Bala Mohammed Approves Payment Of 2021 UTME, NECO Fees For Bauchi Students

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The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has approved the payment of UTME registration fees for 3,810 students who got grades A and B in the recently concluded SSCE Aptitude Test in the State.

The Commissioner for Education, Bauchi State, Aliyu U. Tilde, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.

The statement said the governor has also approved payment of NABTEB exams fees for all the 1,751 SS3 students of Government Technical Colleges along with the 499 students sitting for NBAIS exams from Government Arabic Colleges.

“Next year, these categories will also be subjected to passing the Aptitude Test.

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“As usual, NECO registration fees for 11,580 successful candidates who scored A, B and C in the Aptitude Test will also be paid.

“The total cost of these sponsorships is N185,580,550.00.

“The state government does not owe any of the three national examination bodies a kobo.

“He has approved the clearing of the new amount by August ending, In Shaa Allah,” the statement noted.

According to the commissioner, for students to be eligible, they must obtain their National Identity Number, NIN.

“Arrangements are underway to see the immediate registration of students in their nearest local government headquarters,” Mr Tilde added.

“The Ministry is ready to pay for any eligible student who has a NIN.

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“The list of A and B grade students eligible for the UTME sponsorship will be released to schools through their emails.

“At the same time it will also be published on Principals’ WhatsApp platform.”

Mr Tilde revealed that the sponsorship is only a means of providing ease to students, saying that it would not be mandatory on the government each year.

“The payment of UTME registration fees I must hasten to say will not be a mandatory policy on government.

“Rather, it will be enjoyed by meritorious students any year the government is pleased to do so within the confines of its revenue.

“In other words, it is a palliative, or say incentive that will be given whenever feasible,” he concluded.

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