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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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Ize-Iyamu Demands Swift Prosecution Of Suspected Killers Of Uwa

The candidate of the APC in the Edo Governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has tasked the Police to commence the swift prosecution of the suspected killers of Uwaila Vera Omozuwa and ensure justice.

Miss Omzuwa, a 100-level microbiology student of the University of Benin, was raped and murdered in a church in Benin City where she had gone to study. Her death sparked national outrage and refocused attention on the prevalence of sexual assault and abuse of women in the country.

On Wednesday, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo, paraded six suspects involved in the murder following what he described as “united efforts” of the Police, including homicide experts and State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

In a statement forwarded to CAMPUS GIST by Mr. John Mayaki, the Chairman of Edo APC Campaign Council, Ize-Iyamu commended the Police for the arrest but insisted that it was only the beginning of the process toward ensuring justice for the family and friends of the late Uwa.

Condemning the rape and murder of Uwa as a heinous crime, he says the perpetrators must be made to face the full weight of the law without delay, and sensitization and legal efforts to prevent and protect women from sexual assault and other forms of abuse are intensified.

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Ondo Gov ‘Reduces’ AAUA Tuition Fee Weeks To Governorship Poll

The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has approved the reduction of the tuition fees payable at the state-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAU).

This was contained in a circular on Thursday made available to CAMPUS GIST issued by Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa, Acting Registrar and Secretary to Council of the Institution.

It reads;

CIRCULAR TO ALL STUDENTS:

REDUCTION OF TUITION FEES

“I write on the directive of the Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Olugbenga E. IGE to inform all returning students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko that following an earlier appeal by students, and in view of the economic effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the country on parents and students, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi AKEREDOLU, SAN, has directed that the University should consider a reduction in tuition fees in a way that quality education can still be sustained in the University.

“As a follow up to the above, a meeting between the Governor, the University and the student leaders was convened.

“Consequently, the Visitor has approved the underlisted reduction of tuition fees with effect from the 2019/2020 academic session, as recommended by Council:

“Current Tuition and Reduced Tuition for all Returning Students …

“Science N150,000.00 reduced to N120,000.00

“Social & Management Sciences N150,000.00 reduced to N120,000.00

“Agriculture N150,000.00 reduced to N100,000.00

“Arts N100,000.00 reduced to N80,000.00

“Education N100,000.00 reduced to N80,000.00

“Law N150,000.00 retained at N150,000.00

“All students are therefore advised to take advantage of the reduced fees by paying their school fees and registering for their courses without further delay.

“By copies of this circular, all Deans, Heads of Department and stakeholders are requested to note this information, please.”

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Strike: ASUU Begs Nigerian Students For Cooperation

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is asking for the understanding of Nigerian students to sustain its ongoing strike.

The union solicited for the students help in a series of tweets sighted by CAMPUS GIST on its official Twitter handle, @ASUUNGR, on Monday.

ASUU insisted that the ongoing strike action and its demands were genuine and in the interest of the nation.

“Students who are our children and partners in progress should show understanding, what we are asking from the government are in their interest and the interest of the nation, good hostel accommodation, good classroom blocks that can engender effective learning,” it said.

“Laboratories where cutting edge research can be carried out and offices that can drive the process of quality university education.

“So what we are asking of the government are not baseless things, but those things that in 2012, the government conducted during a needs assessment survey and found out that there is widespread rot and decay in the university system,” ASUU tweeted.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had embarked on strike in the wake of the coronavirus-imposed lockdown of the nation’s higher institutions.

Although there are moves by the federal government to reopen universities soon, ASUU has however vowed to sustain its strike action until government addresses all its demands.

ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said the Union was asking the Federal Government to implement the 2012 universities’ needs assessment it conducted.

Ogunyemi lamented that universities lecturers still receive the same salary scale of 2009 in 2020, noting that the sad reality must be addressed before ASUU would suspend the strike action.

Meanwhile, in a related development, ASUU has formally written to the federal government, requesting for a date for the reopening of negotiations, which were abandoned in February due to the disagreement over the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The union also urged the federal government to initiate a process that would lead to the validation of its alternative salary payment platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

In a statement obtained by CAMPUS GIST, Monday, ASUU demanded that government should pull out all academic staff already captured on IPPIS and enrol them on UTAS.

ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the Union is seeking for an opportunity to reopen negotiations stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic to also enable the union to demonstrate the efficacy of UTAS.

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UNILAG Crisis: Buhari Suspends Pro-Chancellor, Sacks Acting VC

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday suspended Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council of University of Lagos, Dr Wale Babalakin, SAN and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, over the lingering crisis.

According to Tribune, the President who is the Visitor to the University has accordingly constituted a Special Visitation Panel to look into the crisis in the university.

A statement by the Director Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Bem Goong, said both Babalakin and Ogundipe are to recuse themselves from performing their functions in office during the period of the Visitation.

The Panel is to submit its report within two weeks while the Senate of the University has also been directed to convene urgently and appoint an Acting Vice-Chancellor for the university.

With this decision, the President has sacked the Acting Vice-Chancellor purportedly appointed by the Babalakin-led Council.

Source: Tribune

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Birthday: Prof. Ihonvbere Congratulates Hon. Abdul Oroh At 60

Prof. Ihonvbere Congratulates Hon. Abdul Oroh At 60

Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services in the House of Representatives, Hon. (Prof.) Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON, on Saturday, felicitated with a former Commissioner in Edo State, Alhaji Abdul Oroh, as he clocked 60.

Prof. Ihonvbere who described the APC chieftain and former federal lawmaker as a pragmatic leader, applauded his enormous contribution to the political and socio-economic growth/development of Edo State and the Nation through his selfless service.

He said: “A very happy birthday to you my brother, friend, comrade and compatriot. Today, at 60, mark the beginning of more decades of happiness, productivity and good health for you”.

“We have been through a lot together and shared many dreams. Evil men have betrayed and tried to humiliate us in the struggle for a better Nigeria. We never gave up”.

“Today, I join family, friends, and political associates of Hon. Abdul Oroh in celebrating his 60th birthday. May God continue to shower boundless blessings on you today and beyond”.

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Prof. Ihonvbere Inspects Blocks Of Classroom In Owan West (Photos)

In a bid to ensure that pupils in Owan Federal Constituency study in a conducive environment, the member representing Owan Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere OON, has embarked on construction and renovation of primary schools in the constituency.

The Lawmaker on Wednesday, 12th of August, 2020 paid a visit to Eguaoje Primary School Oah, Okpuje in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State to inspect the ongoing construction of the 3-Class room block facilitated by him.

Upon inspection, Prof. Ihonvbere appreciated the quality of job done so far, noting that when completed, the classroom will provide a conducive and habitable learning environment for the students.

The lawmaker who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, said he was not comfortable over the dilapidated condition of some of the schools, hence his decision to intervene.

“My interest is the people; our children deserve to study in a good environment, have access to quality education in fulfillment of the promise I made to the people during the electioneering period.

“With the renovation of the School, the teachers and pupils will be happy to study in a conducive environment and this will also increase the enrolment of more students into the school.

“I will continue to do my best to give them good representation and touch their lives in my own little way,” the lawmaker added.

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UNILAG: Confusion As ‘Sacked’ Ogundipe Insists He Remains VC

The ‘sacked’ Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, says he remains helmsman of the Institution, CAMPUS GIST reports.

Prof. Ogundipe was reportedly removed as VC of the Institution at a meeting of the Governing Council chaired by the pro-chancellor, Wale Babalakin, SAN.

He was said to have been sacked over corruption allegations by 7 members of Council. While 4 voted against, 1 asked the VC be suspended.

But in a statement forwarded to CAMPUS GIST personally signed by him, the embattled vice chancellor said the report of his sack is untrue.

Prof. Ogundipe, therefore, urged stakeholders of the University and members of the public to disregard the report, insisting he still remains the VC.

The statement reads, “The attention of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) management has been drawn to the ‘Notice to the General Public on the Removal of the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos’; dated August 12, 2020 and signed by Oladejo Azeez, Esq, Registrar and Secretary to Council, stating that the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS has been removed from office with immediate effect.

“This is untrue and a figment of his imagination. Therefore, stakeholders of Unilag and the general public are advised to disregard this mischievous disinformation about the sitting Vice Chancellor of Unilag, contained in that notice. Professor Ogundipe still remains Unilag’s Vice Chancellor.”

Meanwhile, two Senate representatives in the UNILAG Governing Council have criticised the pro-chancellor, Babalakin over his alleged role in the embattled VC’s travails.

Professors Olukemi Odukoya and Bola Oboh, in different statements, pointed fingers at Babalakin adding that Ogundipe was not given an opportunity to defend himself against accusations of corruption.

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