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Deputy Vice Chancellor Tests Positive For COVID-19

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Benue State University, Makurdi, Prof. Godwin Achinge, has tested positive for COVID-19, Campus Gist reports.

This was disclosed by the Benue state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, at a press briefing at the Government House in Makurdi, on Saturday.

Mr. Ortom noted that Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Tony Ijohor and Chief of Staff, Mr Terwase Orbunde also tested positive to the virus.

This is coming barely 48 hours after the governor’s wife and one of his sons, including the state Head of Service (HoS) tested positive too.

Governor Ortom who lamented that a total number of 35 persons were confirmed positive in a test carried out a week ago, said he was proceeding on self-isolation.

Ortom said he would be carrying out another test in three days time, as advised by medical officers, even though the result of the test earlier carried out on him returned negative.

“My test result came out negative. But the medical officers said that another test will be carried out on me after three days.

“So, after this interaction I will isolate myself. I will be in isolation until I have clearance from the medical officers,” said Ortom.

The Benue state governor appealed to the people of the state to take preventive measures against Coronavirus very serious, insisting that the virus is real.

“COVID-19 is real and I enjoin my people to take the preventive measures seriously. I want my people to be alive and free from the disease.

“We have to stop the spread of the disease by maintaining all the COVID-19 protocols,” he said.

The governor while urging Benue people to avail themselves for testing for early detection, however said COVID-19 is not a death sentence.

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COVID-19: Edo State Govt Warns Against Reopening Of Schools

Edo State Government, on Friday, said it has not authorised the reopening of schools for 3rd term academic activities amid COVID-19 crisis, warning that government will impose sanctions on schools that flouts the directive.

In a statement obtained by Campus Gist TV, Commissioner for Education, Hon. (Barr) Jimoh Ijegbai, said government did not authorise the reopening of public or private schools, including certificate classes.

The statement read in part; “It has come to the attention of the Edo State Government that some schools in Edo State have reopened and some are planning to reopen for the 3rd term academic session.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the state government has not authorised schools whether public or private, even the certificate classes to reopen under the present circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A date of resumption will be communicated to all stakeholders after modalities have been put in place to ensure the safety of our children and wards.”

The commissioner urged school proprietors to be guided by the state government’s directive, warning that adequate sanctions will be meted out on any school that flouts the directive.

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COVID-19: UNIBEN shuts health centre for fumigation

The University of Benin will on Saturday, June 27 shut its health centre for fumigation, to check the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was disclosed in a statement made available to Campus Gist on Friday, signed by the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Benedicta Ehanire, Ph.D.

Ehanire, however, said services at the health centre will resume fully on Wednesday July 1, five days after its temporary suspension.

She said, “As part of proactive measures to check the ravaging COVID-19, the Health Centre has announced that services will be suspended temporarily for five days starting from Saturday 27th June to Wednesday 1st July, 2020.

“This is for fumigation to be carried out in line with the Federal Government’s guidelines. During this period and after, the medical helplines should continue to be deployed by members of the University community.”

The UNIBEN Public Relations Officer listed the helplines to include 08163104400, 08022911100, 08023367827, 08023404414, 08033885998 and 080233081568.

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COVID-19: No plans to reopen orientation camps – NYSC

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said its orientation camps will reopen only when it is very safe, in view of the formidable danger posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

Director of Press and Public Relations Officer of the Scheme, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

“The attention of management of the scheme has been drawn to an online publication stating that the “NYSC is set to reopen orientation camps, lists guidelines,” alluding that the scheme will soon resume orientation programme,” Adeyemi said.

She said the scheme placed very high premium on the lives of corps members, camp officials and other stakeholders.

“…Which was the key reason it suspended 2020 Batch “A” Stream 1 orientation programme in March and shall never act in any way that will compromise their safety.

“To reinforce the foregoing, it is apt to add that even when it has been sufficiently established it is safe to proceed to the camps for the resumption of normal activities, the corps shall only do so when it has received the nod of the federal government,” she said.

Adeyemi added that corps members and prospective corps members are advised to glean information concerning the scheme only from NYSC official sources – both the social and mainstream media.

According to her, the Director-General, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, admonished corps members and prospective ones to continue strict observance of COVID-19 safety protocols, predicated on social and physical distancing.

Others, he said, are wearing of face masks, proper washing of the hands for at least twenty seconds, and the use of hand sanitiser.

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