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Covid-19: For Now, School Resumption Date Remains 18th Until Further Directives – PTF

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COVID-19: SCHOOLS RESUME JANUARY 18 UNTIL FURTHER DIRECTIVE –PTF

The minister, who spoke at a PTF briefing in Abuja, attributed the decision to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country.

On Tuesday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said schools in the country would resume on January 18 until the Ministry of Education announces further directive.

PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, stated this while featuring on a television programme monitored by The PUNCH.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had on Monday, said the Federal Government would review the January 18 earlier date fixed for resumption of schools across Nigeria.

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The minister, who spoke at a PTF briefing in Abuja, attributed the decision to the second wave of COVID-19 currently ravaging the country.

Speaking further on Tuesday’s issue, the PTF coordinator said the minister did not say the date had been changed.

Aliyu said, “As regards schools, I want to clarify, what the minister said yesterday was that they were going to review, he didn’t say that they were going to change the date. He said they would review the situation and let the nation know.

“So, for the moment, it is still January 18 until the ministry of education comes back either with an alternative date or reconfirm that.”

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The PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on Monday, said travels, reopening of schools, businesses and religious centres contributed to the rise in coronavirus cases in Nigeria.

“It is very instructive to stress that factors that have contributed to rising numbers from late November 2020 included increased local and international travels, business and religious activities, and reopening of schools without strict compliance with COIVID-19 safety measures.

“The full import of the foregoing is to press further on the need for us all to elevate the level of our vigilance and compliance with the recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions,” he had said.

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UNIZIK Medical Graduate Gets 12 Awards At Induction

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Winifred Ugochinyere Hyacinth, a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, UNIZIK, bagged multiple awards at the induction ceremony of medical graduates into the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, IgbereTV reports.

Dr. Winifred won 12 out of the 14 awards including the award for best student in 2nd, 3rd,4th and 5th MBBS. She also emerged the overall best graduating student.

Other awards include Prof. Emele prize for best student in Pathology, Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu prize for best student in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dr. Dozie Ikedife medal for the overall best student, Dr. Echee Adinma prize for best student in Community Medicine, and best female student, Prof. Emejulu prize for the best student in Surgery, among others.

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Winifred took to Twitter on Monday, January 18, to share how she made her mother proud with the feat.

She wrote:

“Made my momma so proud she cried!
Mission accomplished”

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Sanwo-Olu: Decision To Open Schools Is Not “Cast In Stone”, Reviews Continue

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Governor of Lagos State, Mr Sanwo-olu gives updates on the situation in the State especially on the 2nd Wave, this is the first Covid19 address for the Year 2021.

SCHOOLS : Governor Sanwo-olu says the decision to open schools was a very difficult one and that the office of the office of quality assurance in the Ministry of Education will continue to monitor the situation for the long term development pupils.

SHOCKING STATS ON SCHOOLS: Governor Sanwo-olu says from the First Wave till now when schools were closed at first .. 24,000 children have not come back to to school in Lagos State.. says decision is also not cast in stone and reviews continue.

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OXYGEN UPDATE: Governor Sanwo-olu says [b]a new oxygen plant will be in LASUTH Ikeja which will produce 200 cylinders per day and another one at Gbagada General Hospital which has the same capacity as the one in Yaba IDH.

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OAU cancels 2020/2021 session, resumes 2019/2020 session February 8

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The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, has fixed resumption of the 2019/2020 academic session for February 8, 2021.

Academic activities were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and a strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) .

OAU spokesperson, Abiodun Olarewaju, said in statement that the Senate met on Tuesday, January 19 to approve numerous decisions including the cancellation of the 2020/2021 academic session.

While the 2019/2020 academic session resumes on February 8, only final year students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Clinical Students in the College of Health Sciences, and year four students in the Faculty of Agriculture are allowed to resume residence.

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“All other students are to attend their classes virtually,” the statement read.

The university cautioned that staff, students, and other members of the university community must strictly adhere to safety guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The approved resumption programme is subject to periodic review in line with the realities of the pandemic, according to the institution.

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