School Resumption Update In Nigeria And Across Africa: Lists Of African Countries Where School Activities Is Currently Ongoing.

Federal Government of Nigeria earlier update on school resumption date in Nigeria, he stated that from Monday 29 June, 2020 final year student for the following level, Primary six, JSS 3 and SS 3 will start school first, inorder to prepare ahead of forthcoming exams.

Nigeria Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 announced the update on school resumption after months of lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak in West African nation.

However, all other Secondary and tertiary schools (public and private) apart from the ones mentioned above are to remain closed, until further notice.

Since March 26, all schools in Nigeria have been closed as a means to coutail coronavirus spread In the country as well as all West African states.

The good news is that not Nigeria and others West African State have started to ease lockdown measures gradually, this is an indication that schools will resume soon in Nigeria.

See The List Of African Countries where Primary, secondary and higher school activities has reopen

Tanzania

Earlier , Tanzania become the first African country to allow her students go back to school since the outbreak of coronavirus in East Africa region.

The follows the directives of President John Magufuli, he gave the detective some weeks before they finally reopened. They suspend all schools activities on 17 March, 2020 soon after the outbreak of COVID19.

Federal Authorities gave schools safety guidelines to adopt in order to prevent further outbreak and also protect pupils from the virus

Guinea

Government of Papua New Guinea allow school to reopen on 4 May. World Health Organisation, WHO work with partners to assist the government to put measures in place to make it possible for schools to reopen safely.

South Africa

Schools in South Africa resume on 8 June even as some most parents protested that Government should not allow school Reopening yet.

Cameroon

In Cameroon, primary and secondary school students who are getting prepared for their final year exams, where directed to return to class since on Monday 1 June.

The Minister of Secondary Education, Pauline Lyonga, the move was to help the students recover all the lessons they have missed, as well as helping the parents who are gradually resuming work activities

Among the measures schools in the West African country must observe are temperature checks, compulsory mask-wearing, customized school buses and designated routes to classrooms to prevent the gathering of crowds.

Ivory coast

Among the earliest countries to reopen schools in Africa are Ivory Coast, they resume school activities and learning on 25 May.

Senegal

In Senegal, President Macky Sall postpone the reopening of schools which they initially schedule for 2 June after some their teachers test positive for coronavirus in the country’s southern Ziguinchor region.

Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni said the country is not ready yet to resume any school Reopening activities in the country.

The country earlier sheldue Jun 4 as their Resumption date, but the Federal Authorities later change mind due to the facts that the country have inadequate test kits.

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Finally The Wait Is Over, FG Signed School Reopening

The Federal Government has approved what it called “safe reopening” of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curtail further spread of COVID-19.

However, only graduating students will resume.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.

He said the reopening of schools was meant to allow students in graduating classes to resume preparation for examinations.

He disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the task force’s fifth interim report which was submitted to Mr. President.

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School Reopening Date In Nigeria: Nigeria Government Don Finally Break silence over School Reopening Date.

School Reopening Date In Nigeria: Nigeria Government Don Finally Break silence over School Reopening Date. This one na response to many questions wey our students and parents da ask, say wen dey resume.

Nigeria Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba say di kontri never ready to risk di health of children sake of say dem wan reopen schools.

Oga Nwajiuba wey no give any date for resumption, say: “Until we dey sure say children fit go school, return safely and not bring home dis Covid-19 den we no dey ready.

Dis comments from di minister dey come as Nigerian parents wan know wen schools for di kontri go reopen.

During di Presidential taskforce on Covid-19 briefing on Wednesday, 27 May 2020, oga Nwajiuba say di ministry go release guidelines on how tins go be if schools resume.

“We go publish guidelines on wetin we expect adapting wit Covid-19 go look like. For secondary schools, those for junior secondary and senior secondary fit resume just to finish dia exams and den go back

“We go limit di number of children per class, wetin e fit mean be say classes fit hold for morning and classes fit hold for afternoon to handle di issue of social distancing,” no so oga Nwajiuba tok.

Di minister also add say dem intend to fumigate all di schools before resumption.

Chairman of di taskforce, Boss Mustapha also tok say “make states, local goments put measures in place” so early and safe reopening of schools go happun.

Im say di goment “no want use our children to be prospective carriers of dis virus.”

End Of Asuu Strike?: Buhari orders immediate payment of lecturers’ withheld salaries_details.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate payment of the February and March, withheld salaries of lecturers in federal universities who have not registered in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, made this disclosure in a statement signed by his new media aide, Emmanuel Nzomiwu.

Ngige said the president also directed the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning, and the Accountant General of the Federation to effect the payment urgently to cushion the deleterious effects of COVID 19 pandemic lockdown on lecturers and members of their family.

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covid_19: WAEC postspones exam indefinitely

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has postponed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates, 2020 indefinitely.

This was confirmed in a statement released by WAEC Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Ehidiamen Areghan.

The statement stated that the examination scheduled to begin April 6, 2020, was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement reads in part: “The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination

“This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Corona Virus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace.

“This decision is a demonstration of the organisation’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.

Areghan noted that the timetable for the examination had been suspended and would be “reviewed once the health situation improves.”

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UNIBEN Shutdown School Activity Indefinitely Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak.

The University of benin UNIBEN has announce the shutdown of school activities indefinitely amidst coronavirus out.

the need to immediately shutdown school activities in Nigeria arise when the total number of coronavirus confirmed cases in Nigeria rises to 9 on Thursday, this makes the federal Government of Nigeria to give an order for the immediate closure of all school activities across the country.

however uniben is not left out, although the school has been on holiday which was schedule between February 22 to Aprail 12 2020, due to national sports festival which was later postponed due to the high case of coronavirus in the country.

A statement signed by the school Registrar prof. Mrs A.O Oshodin, cnfirmed that uniben shutdown school activities indefinitely, As directed by the federal Government through the ministry of education.

the statement read below

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JAMB release new date for UTME final exams over coronavirus outbreak

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has adjusted the dates of the completion of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination, saying the exercise would end “in the early days of next week” as against Saturday, April 4, on the schedule.

JAMB said the move was to address the public panic over the coronavirus scare whereby schools and other public places were shutting down across the country.

JAMB 2020: no make_up exam for any candidate who miss exam due to late coming_Prof. Is-haq Oloyede

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has said there will be no rescheduling of examination for any Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination’s candidates who came late for the examination.

He also said JAMB had delisted and blacklisted six Computer-Based Test centres in the ongoing 2020 UTME for various technical hitches.

He said, “If we say your examination starts by 7am, you are expected to be there before 7am. If we say 9am, you are expected before 9am. We know that we don’t start by 7am; we start screening by 7am and by 8am, we start the examination

“But once we have finished the screening, officials will now go and push the examination (from the JAMB server). So, we cannot re-push the examination because of one candidate who came late. So, your coming late to an examination is at your own risk; you created it and we have no apology for it.

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TEN YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR USING GENERATOR – A BILL: UNCALLED-FOR, UNDEMOCRATIC, AND A CATALYST FOR DISGUST_A LETTER FROM UNIBEN STUDENT TO MR PRESIDENT.

Uniben Student identified as B. PaulPipAr Chima express worries over the recent bill which is currently on the table of the Senate, the bill threats to ban the use of generators in the and make defulters to serve ten years improvement.

However, the bill has not been approved, but it has pass through the first reading awaiting second and third readings. This is the major reason he forward this letter to Mr president to look into the issue as he is the last person to assent the bill. On the letter he wrote below:

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW OF THE BILL!

Before my ink bleeds, I will like to point out what Femi Fani-Kayode wrote on his Twitter page, he wrote, “The Senator that sponsored the Bill to ban generators in Nigeria & send those that sell or use them to jail must be insane. He ought to be tied up, placed in a straight jacket, put in a strong sack filled with weights & dropped in the deepest & darkest part of the Atlantic ocean.” I dissociate myself from this assertion by Kayode as it appears too extreme and puerile in my view. However, such statements and a host like that flooded in the social media space goes to exhibit the “depth of hatred” and uncomfortability Nigerians have for this particular bill introduced by Senator Bima Enagi, which has passed its’ first reading in the Senate on its’ way to becoming a law.

In essence, the bill seeks to “prohibit/ban the importation of generating sets to curb the menace of environmental (air) pollution and to facilitate the development of the power sector”; the bill provides ten years imprisonment for any person who sells generator sets. Those exempted from its’ provisions are those who will obtain and be granted permission from the relevant governmental authority stipulated therein and those who use generators for Medical purposes, Airports, Railway stations/services, Elevators (lifts), Escalators, Research Institutions, and Facilities that require 24 hours electric power supply.

This write-up shall dissect issues regarding the bill and analyse the current Nigerian milieu in regards to power/light supply.

THE CURRENT STATE OF POWER SUPPLY IN NIGERIA!

We need no glorified statistics to inform us of the current state of epileptic supply of light/power in the Nigerian polity. Nigerians, each and every day, lament the poor supply of light/power needed to sustain businesses or store items in the fridge. Power/light is something so fundamental in the Nigerian polity that it has often been said that if power/light supply should increase then most businesses will boom; but currently, seeing an increment in the way power/light is supplied is a guess good as seeing a river in the Sahara desert.

We hear via radios and televisions how the supply of power/light in Nigeria gets worsen as each day passes by – we hear and see groups of persons protesting to the holding companies due to lack of electricity; so, in tidiness to curb this epileptic power supply, Nigerians utilise generators for their businesses.

In the first instance, if there be a reasonable supply of electricity, no businessman will be happy to be in perpetual use of generator sets, considering the amount of money spent on fuel and repairs of generators, for his business. As we can see, generator is the main source of light/power to the average Nigerian businessman or woman. If there be no such thing as a generator, one roams around “wonderness” as to how businesses that rely on light will be able to survive in this somewhat described “shit-hole” country. It will not be false to say that in every 20 Nigerian, not less than 15 have a generator in his/her house. Even the past celebrated Christmas and New Year, there was no power/light supplied in many. Imagine such days as Christmas and New Year which comes only once in every year having no light for celebration – most people had to celebrate these holidays with their generator sets. In all honesty, the supply of light in the average Nigerian household, is as poor as Lazarus in the Bible. More need not be said about this as it brings bad memories.

WHY GENERATORS ARE USED IN NIGERIA?

Generators are used in the Nigerian polity to cater for the epileptic supply of light/power by the power holding companies. Generators have substituted the “AC power supply” and it is doing a good job. It follows logically, that if there be more light/power supplies for houses and businesses, there would be no need, on a average, for the acquiring and powering of generators. The contrary is that, if the power supply is poor, in other to meet-up for business needs and comfort needs, Nigerians will have to do with generators as this is the present suitable option available.

IF GENERATORS ARE BANNED WITHOUT AN INCREASE IN POWER SUPPLY?

There is only one reasonable conclusion that we can reach if generator use is banned and power/light supply is not upsurged to meet business needs, such conclusion is that, Nigeria will become a deeper “shit-hole”. Before thoughts on generators ban should be conjured, the issue of power supply needs to be addressed. The rise in the supply of power ought to be the main focus of Senator Bima Enagi who introduced the “generators ban” bill. Consequent to what I stated above, if power supply be upsurged, Nigerians need not be told to do away with generator sets – no average man will enjoy spending money on fuel and generator repairs. It is commonsensical that no average man will go ahead to switch on his generator thereby burning his’ fuel and other materials when there is power/light.

I recommend, instead of the generator ban, the improvement of electricity in the country. Nigeria is not ripe for the imprisoning of hustlers for using generators when a better means is not available. To me, the banning of generator is undemocratic; such law does not and will not accord with the Nigerian polity as far the present state of electricity supply is in infancy. Democratic laws are laws that accord with the people; Democratic laws are laws that the majority of the populace will be willing to support. Laws that more than 90% of the populace frown against will no where enjoy popularity.

It discombobulates me that in a country, such as ours, where there is often no light and where people survive with generators, a law maker will be audacious to introducing a bill to ban the use of generators. Bills like this call into question the sanity of some of our leaders.

Postulating the law as a way of curbing environmental pollution is non-sequitur and a fallacy in its’ basic level – as it is not just generators that contribute to environmental pollution/degradation; if environmental reasons are the main, then cars emitting carbon dioxide should be banned as well; big tippers and their likes should be banned as well; all these contribute to environmental pollution.

CONCLUSION!

From inference, it seems like Senator Bima Enagi who introduced this bill never consulted his constituents before making such ridiculous bill. If he had, such bill cannot survive blinks for two seconds!

As a Senator representing a constituency/district, it is proper to carry along the people who voted you in if you were voted in, when it comes to introducing a bill in order to see what they think about it and if they endorse it. Doing such makes the notion of democracy proud!

As a Senator you are not there to represent your feelings or your family members only, but also the feelings of the people who voted you in. You cannot have a bad night and then decide to introduce something outrageous. It is disdainful and disgraceful. Trying to ban generator will not work in Nigeria, when the power supply is poor. How do common sense and subjective conscience see the notion of imprisoning a fellow man for 10 years just because he used a generator? Laws are made for man, not man for laws! Laws are to keep up with the times!

There are many issues to solve rather than thinking of banning the use of generators! Herdsmen are on a frolic killing people in towns, not theirs, and what is being done about such? Banning generators?

We should be guided!

IPPIS: ASUU Threatens Indefinite Strike If FG Fails To Comply With The Union Demand.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities [ASUU] has  threatened to go on an  indefinite strike if  the Federal Government  continues to insist   that   lecturers must enrol  for  the  Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

 The union also wants the FG to honour  its   agreements with them.

ASUU Coordinator,  Lagos Zone, Prof. Olusiji Sowande,   said this   while addressing  reporters  at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun,  Ogun State, on Tuesday.

He  said they might opt for  a complete strike after the two-week warning strike to press the FG to yield to their demands.

The  union chief  called on Nigerians to show understanding and join forces with them in the struggle for  the  survival of  public universities.

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