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FG Sets To Fully Reopen Schools

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The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, says the Federal Government has started considering full reopening schools.
Nwajiuba said this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja, monitored by our correspondent.
Though he said no date has been fixed yet for full schools’ resumption, the minister urged protesting students to “be patient with FG”.
He explained that the government had continued to engage stakeholders, some of whom have expressed readiness to resume fully.
Secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 19, 2020.
The minister expressed optimism that the date for resumption was “around the corner”.
He disclosed that he and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, met some stakeholders in tertiary education on Monday on the issue.
Nwajiuba said about 78 privately-owned universities were insisting that they were ready for resumption while the response from government-owned universities was still “50-50.”
He said that after aggregating opinions, he would return to the PTF to review the situation and then go ahead to make a pronouncement.
“I urge our students who have actually exercised a lot of patience along with their parents … I urge you to bear with us a little bit more. The rioting needs to stop; there is nothing to riot about.
“We don’t want to bandy around dates,” he said, “We remain positive,” he added

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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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