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Enugu Govt Okays Reopening Of Primary, Secondary Schools

The Enugu State Government has announced Monday, Sept. 28 as date for the re-opening of all primary and secondary schools in the state, for 3rd term academic activities.

This was contained in a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST issued by the State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eze.

He said the decision was reached “following the Enugu State Education sector stakeholders’ consensus and gracious approval of His Excellency the Governor”.

Prof. Eze pointed out that “it is important to note that necessary measures have been put in place in our schools for safe re-opening”.

“Teachers/students/pupils are therefore requested to ensure that they abide by the approved guidelines on COVID-19”, he added, stressing that “no person will be allowed into any school without appropriate facemask/shield”.

According to the commissioner, “strong monitoring teams at state and Local Government Areas have been constituted to monitor compliance with the approved guidelines for the safety of all that operate in our schools”.

He therefore noted that “Primary six and Junior Secondary three students have completed their examinations and are not expected to be back to school”.

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NYSC Announces Passing Out Date For Batch ‘C’ Corps Members

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has announced winding-up/passing-out date for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ Stream I corps members.

A statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, Tuesday, said the Director-General of the NYSC has approved Thursday, 15th October, 2020 as the date for the passing-out.

“Given the circumstances of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the required protocol for social/physical distancing, below is the programme of activities:

“i. Monday 12th October, 2020

(a) Release of Passing-Out Corps Members by Employers
(b) Registration/Clearing of Corps Members by Local Government Inspectors

“ii. Tuesday 13th October, 2020

“(a) Signing of final clearance by Zonal Inspectors
(b) Administration of Questionnaire (Form 4B) on 30% of the passing-out Corps Members.

“iii. Wednesday 14th October, 2020

“(a) Signing of final clearance by Zonal Inspectors

“iv. Thursday 15th October, 2020

“(a) Distribution of Certificates of National Service to deserving Corps Members at the Local Government level.”

The NYSC management, therefore, wished all affected corps members a very safe and successful exercise.

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BREAKING: Edo State Govt Announces School Reopening Date

The Edo State Government has announced full reopening of all primary and secondary schools across the state, for the 2020/2021 academic session.

In a statement made available to CAMPUS GIST, on Tuesday, Commissioner for Education, Hon. (Barr.) Jimoh Ijegbai, said all classes are to resume on Monday, September 28, 2020.

He said the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, gave the approval for the resumption of academic activities in Edo State.

Ijegbai said in order to observe the social/physical distancing safety protocol in the classrooms, secondary schools: JSS 1-3 are to operate between 8am-11am, while SSS 1-3 will be between 12pm-3pm.

The Commissioner said parents and guardians are expected to provide face masks for their children and wards in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“School Heads and Proprietors are to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocol guidelines and collect copies of the 2020/21 academic calendar from the office of the Chief Inspectors of Education in the 18 Local Government Areas.”

The statement added that sale of forms for examination into the six model schools is still on, while the entrance examination has been moved from September 26th to October 3rd, 2020.

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Shun cultism, attend classes regularly – UNIBEN VC tells new students

Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, has called on newly admitted students of the institution to shun social vices, including cultism, CAMPUS GIST reports.

The VC gave the advice on Tuesday, September 15, at the virtual matriculation ceremony conducted for students of the 2019/2020 academic session.

VC Salami

Addressing the new students, the vice chancellor warned that the University would not award its degrees to students who are found wanting in character and in learning.

She, therefore, urged the new students to shun all vices capable of truncating their educational pursuits, while taking their academic work seriously.

“You need to constantly remind yourselves that the distance between today’s ceremony and your convocation is quite wide. And it is important that the journey ends successfully,” Salami said.

“For this to happen, you need to be regular in attendance at lectures; at least a minimum of 75 per cent is required of you to be allowed into examination halls, as well as carrying out all assignments, shunning deviant behaviours and other vices including cultism that can expose you and others to danger.”

Prof. Salami told the students to see their admittance into the institution as an opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the country.

“The motto that we proud of this university, the University of Benin is knowledge for service. You are therefore expected to bear constantly in mind and to exhibit high sense of discipline while you are in the University and outside the walls of the University.”

CAMPUS GIST reports that a total of 10,018 new students admitted into the 2019/2020 academic session were represented by a student from the various faculties of the University at the virtual ceremony.

The live event took place at the University of Benin ‘Akin Deko’ main auditorium, with only the principal officers and few designated officials of the institution present.

Cross section of the new students representatives with some members of the UNIBEN SUG
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UNIBEN Matriculates 10,018 Students For 2019/2020 Session

The University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, matriculated a total of 10,018 students for the 2019/2020 academic session, CAMPUS GIST reports.

CAMPUS GIST reports that the matriculation ceremony held virtually, with a student representative from the various faculties/schools/colleges/institutes physically present.

The live event took place at the University of Benin ‘Akin Deko’ main auditorium, with only the principal officers and few designated officials of the institution present.

Our correspondent, who monitored the ceremony, reports that the matriculation oath was administered on the new students by Acting Registrar of the school, Mr. C. I. Ehigiator.

Addressing the new students of the University, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Lillian Salami, told the students to see their admittance into the institution as an opportunity to contribute their quota to the development of the country.

“The motto that we pridely proud of this university, the University of Benin is knowledge for service. You are therefore expected to bear constantly in mind and to exhibit high sense of discipline while you are in the University and outside the walls of the University.

“The University of Benin would not award its degrees to students who are found wanting in character and in learning,” she warned.

The vice chancellor also urged the new students to shun all vices capable of truncating their educational pursuits.

“You need to constantly remind yourselves that the distance between today’s ceremony and your convocation is quite wide. And it is important that the journey ends successfully.

“For this to happen, you need to be regular in attendance at lectures; at least a minimum of 75 per cent is required of you to be allowed into examination halls, as well as carrying out all assignments, shunning deviant behaviours and other vices including cultism that can expose you and others to danger.”

Some of the matriculating students, who spoke to CAMPUS GIST off-camera, expressed confidence in making the institution proud.

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EXCLUSIVE: VC Abandons Accident Victims Caused By His Convoy (Photos)

The Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, Prof Edward Olanipekun, has allegedly abandoned two critically injured victims of the auto crash said to have been caused by his convoy in August this year.

CAMPUS GIST had reported how the accident, which occurred along the Ado Ekiti-Iworoko road on May 18, got Miss Ruqayat Mohammed, a 2018 law graduate of EKSU and her friend, Mr Abdulateef Oluwasegun, critically injured.

The VC, whose convoy, allegedly caused the accident

Both Ruqayat and her friend were in a Mitsubishi Lancer, one of the vehicles collided with by a vehicle in the VC’s convoy. They sustained multiple fractures in both legs and are yet to be able to walk.

To get Ruqayat on her feet, CAMPUS GIST gathered that over N1.5 million had already been spent by her parents, with no help from the VC, whose convoy allegedly caused the accident.

The VC had in a statement forwarded to CAMPUS GIST in August, said he was not directly involved in the accident. Prof. Olanipekun insisted his back up vehicle was involved in the accident after he had already passed by the scene.

The VC also disclosed that “those involved in the accident are already receiving treatment at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) and they are in stable conditions.”

However, at the weekend, CAMPUS GIST gathered that all efforts made by families of the victims to get assistance from either the EKSU VC or the University had been futile.

“Even when my dad wrote a letter to the VC, seeking his assistance, we did not get any response,” Ruqayat, who has been confined to the wheelchair told reporters.

A copy of the letter by Ruqayat’s dad, Mohammed Subar, dated July 9, 2020, is reproduced below by CAMPUS GIST;

“Sir, my name is Mohammed Subar, it is with utmost humility that I write through your good and high office to notify you of the auto crash which occurred on the 18th of May 2020, involving my daughter, Miss Ruqayat Mohammed, a 2018 graduate of Ekiti State University, faculty of Law and her friend, Mr Abdulateef Oluwasegun, both Alumni of the above mentioned institution that led to multiple fractures in both legs of my daughter and her friend.

“Sir, this accident has caused my family so much and as a result we have spent over N1.4 million at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital and still spending, because on the 6th of July, 2020, she was referred to National Orthopedic Centre, Igbobi, Lagos for a hip surgery.

“Attached to this letter are the copies of her pictures and the referral letter.

“Sir, this is to bring to your notice the untold hardship this unfortunate accident has caused my family and I believe strongly that by the reason of this letter, you will play a fatherly role in other to save both Ruqayat and Abdulateef’s career.

“Thanks in anticipation of your prompt response.”

It is, however, not clear if the letter got to the vice chancellor. When contacted by CAMPUS GIST, a spokesperson for the University, declined comment. He said he was not allowed to speak on the matter.

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Transcript: UNIBEN Disengages Services Of ETX-NG

The Management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has disengaged the services of ETX-NG Limited, a platform for transcript application, processing and delivery, CAMPUS GIST reports.

A statement by the University spokesperson, Dr. Benedicta Ehanire announcing the disengagement, advised students and alumni to stop all transactions (financial or otherwise) with the company forthwith.

“Graduating students are advised to make transcript payments directly to University of Benin account via Remita”, she said.

“All applications for transcripts should be made through www.uniben.edu via master card or call: 08099993537, email: examsandrecords-transcript@uniben.edu,” Ehanire added.

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COVID-19: Kogi Govt Announces Reopening Of Schools At All Levels

The Kogi State Government has announced the reopening of schools on September 14, 2020, inclusive of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones made the announcement at a press briefing in Lokoja on Tuesday.

He said government arrived at this decision after series of interaction with relevant stakeholders and assessment of both private and public schools in the state to ascertain their level of preparedness and safety for reopening of schools from COVID-19 break.

“You will recall that His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, had directed the closure of all schools from primary to tertiary institutions in the state from March 23rd, 2020, because of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Subsequently, upon the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education, exit classes were opened for Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 in Kogi on August 10, 2020, to particularly allow the SS3 classes to prepare and write the WAEC examination.

“Therefore, upon further review having had several meetings with relevant stakeholders, His Excellency has directed that all schools in Kogi State should fully reopen on September 14, 2020, that is two weeks from today.”

The Commissioner stressed that the state government arrived at this decision after assessing the situations of schools especially for the exit classes that had resumed, saying “we have not recorded any negative report as far as COVID-19 pandemic is concerned.”

“Hence, His Excellency(Governor Yahaya Bello) deemed it fit for every school to open for full academic activities.”

He, however, advised and encouraged all heads of every school to ensure full compliance with the COVID-19 protocols which he said had been clearly set out by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

He noted that all these details and guidelines on COVID-19 protocols by the PTF were available and in public space.

“The ministry will review the state’s Academic Calendar accordingly to reflect on the new development, and the details would be worked out and released to the relevant stakeholders in due course before resumption.

“However, we encourage that all relevant educational stakeholders like ANCOPSS, ASSUS, SUBEB, NAPPS, Heads of Tertiary Institutions in Kogi State, NUT, STETSCOM and every other stakeholders are very free to liaise with us at the ministry for further clarification.

“We are equally informing the general public, parents, guardians, schools heads that we are very particular about the health and safety of our learners in Kogi State.

“So, the State Government will not stop at anything to ensure that our learners are kept in good condition as far as Covid-19 pandemic and indeed other diseases or health issues are concerned”, he said.

He, therefore encouraged everybody to play their roles to ensure personal hygiene reiterating that personal hygiene remained the personal responsibility of everybody.

“For the higher institutions, I have personally placed direct telephone calls to the heads of all state’s tertiary institutions and I had discussions with them to ascertain their level of preparedness. It appears that all of them are fully ready for schools’ reopening.

“We have equally asked them to get in touch with the ministry should there be any further requirements in order for them to make their institutions safe for the benefit of students and staff,” the Commissioner said.

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NANS President, Akpan, Engages Girlfriend On Birthday (Photos)

Mr. Danielson Bamidele Akpan, embattled president of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has engaged his girlfriend, Miss Etini Etukudo.

CAMPUS GIST gathered that the event took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels, Abuja on Sunday, at the birthday occasion of Mr. Akpan who has been nicknamed ‘Mugabe’.

Akpan bagged the infamous title ‘Mugabe’ following his refusal to conduct fresh elections or handover power despite the expiration of his one-year non-renewable tenure since 2019.

Though he claims elections cannot hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Akpan is however seen in political gatherings including allegedly endorsing the re-election bids of Southern governors.

“The same coronavirus did not stop him from throwing a birthday party and flouting the existing COVID-19 protocols with his guests”, a friend of the NANS president wrote on social media.

Critics have, on so many occasion, called on Akpan to stop parading himself as NANS president, while several of his appointees have equally resigned their positions following the development.

Announcing the engagement via his social media handle, the NANS president wrote; “I rounded up (sic) my special day by proposing to my beautiful queen. Guess what, she said YES!.”

On her part, Lady Etukudo wrote; “So yesterday I said YES to our forever, I am excited to start this journey with you my darling, Danielson Bamidele Akpan. Cheers to us!!! To love, no question.”

More photos after the cut…

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Rivers Govt To Construct New Hostels, 1,500 Capacity Hall At Law School

..Says projects will be constructed immediately

The Rivers State Government is to construct two new hostels that will accommodate nine hundred students each at the Nigerian Law School, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

The State Government, in a statement forwarded to CAMPUS GIST over the weekend, said it plans to also build a 1, 500 capacity Multi-Purpose Hall at the school.

According to the statement, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike announced this Saturday when he visited the school in company of the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Professor Isa Hayatu Chiroma.

He said the gesture was part of the state government’s contribution to the development of legal education in the country.

“Rivers State also belongs to the South-South, so we think that we should also make our own contribution. Accordingly, our State will construct two new hostels to accommodate nine hundred students each and also build a multipurpose hall that will accommodate 1,500 students.

“Ordinarily, this school was supposed to be located in Port Harcourt, but the former administration rejected the offer made to them,” he was quoted as saying.

Governor Wike noted that despite the economic challenges faced by the state, it will source funds from its scarce resources to execute the project.

He said the present economic challenges would not stop his administration from solving problems.

“This project will be executed immediately because we do not make promises without fulfilling them. I have directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to write to the Director General to forward the design, so we can commence work immediately, “he added.

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