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COVID-19: SHUT DOWN SCHOOLS UNTIL 2021 – ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has told the federal government to keep schools closed till 2021 due to the spread of Covid-19.
Prof Biodun Ogunyemi who is the president of ASUU said no reasonable government will take that risk except parents are ready to sign an undertaking.
Ogunyemi said: “Look, Kenya has said they have closed all their schools till next year (2021); they too have exams to write. Safety first. If it means closing the schools until next year to safeguard the lives of Nigerian children and safeguard the health of all Nigerians, so be it.
“So, if that will help us to address cases that can lead to increase in mortality, I think Nigerians should go that way and all of us should see reason for it. If they need to cancel admission for the year, it is good for them. Life matters first, people must have life first before they can go to university. Are the universities ready to work now?
“Our position is that they should not experiment with the lives of our children. Nobody can tell; the situation may soon normalise and they can do their exams and there is another opportunity for external candidates around November. So, it’s not as if the door is totally closed.”
He said there is no evidence that schools are ready to reopen.
He said: “The first thing that should be tackled is whether schools are safe. And if the schools are not safe, why do you want to carry out an experiment with the lives of our children? An attempt to send back the children to school at a time there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is like experimenting with the lives of our children.
“If they put all the things in place, including social and physical distancing, sanitisers, kitting the children as we see in other places, decontamination with water flowing in the schools and all the gadgets, why not? So, if government can meet all these conditions, then they can reopen the schools. But if they cannot meet all these conditions, they should not experiment with even 10 students in any school.”

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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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