Ekiti governor , Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday during a state broadcast said that only students in SSS3 classes would resume revision classes on Aug.10,due to the prevailing Coronavirus pandemic.
He said that pupils in Junior Secondary School (JSS3) and primary six classes would not be resuming on that date .
Fayemi said that the state was making arrangements for their resumption at a later date.
The governor also directed that random samples of some of the students and teachers who would be resuming on Aug,10 should be taken for testing so as to be able to assess the state’s risk level.
He explained that the directive was part of efforts to ensure that the state does not record a spike in the cases of pupils that might be infected by Coronavirus after school reopening.
Fayemi, who said that his government was desirous of reopening the schools to all the children, added that the state also had an obligation to protect the lives of the children and their teachers against the scourge of COVID-19.
He said that this had become necessary to contain the community transmission of the virus which, he said, manifested in the random tests carried out across the state.
He said if he, as the governor, could contract the virus despite the conscious effort to protect himself and people around him; then COVID-19 is real, and it is no respecter of persons no matter the social status.
“That is why I have always maintained that we cannot be vigilant enough until we have collectively seen the end of this pandemic and the need for us to take extra measures.
“From our experience, we have successfully treated and discharged about 67 cases in Ekiti today while we still have about 83 active cases.
“ So far, we have, regrettably, recorded two deaths which occurred because the two cases were brought in when their situations had gone beyond control.
“You will also notice that we have recorded more cases since last month when I addressed you.
“At the beginning of July, Ekiti had 43 cases, 28 treated and discharged while 13 were active. As at today, Ekiti has recorded 152 cases in all.
“This indicates that we have recorded about 109 new cases since last month, which represents about 254 per cent increase .
“ The increased cases we recorded signify that many people had been infected but were asymptomatic and are now just been discovered through our aggressive testing.
“We must not live under the illusion of invincibility or false security. We must always remain vigilant,” he said.
The governor said that his administration had fumigated all the public schools as part of its readiness to reopen schools for SSS3 students that would be writing their final examinations.
He added that the bushy grasses in the public schools were being cleared so as to ensure the various school environments are clean and conducive for learning.
“ In line with the COVID-19 protocols for school reopening, the state government is supplying the schools with a water dispensing system each, for hand washing.
“The government is also supplying the schools with adequate alcohol-based hand-sanitiser and infrared thermometers.
“ It must, however, be noted that parents are to provide their children with at least two face masks each which as a precondition for admittance into the school premises.
“ Training of some teachers who have been selected as focal persons on how to handle basic health issues cases will also commence.
“Furthermore, we have constituted a team to visit the schools and ensure that everything enumerated in the protocols is strictly adhered to.
“Accordingly, every school will be given a certificate of readiness after inspection before they can reopen.
” In addition, we have also mobilised security personnel and a committee of Parent Teacher Association to enforce the protocols and ensure there are no lapses whatsoever, as we want to ensure the lives of our children and teachers are not in any way at risk”, Fayemi said.
He also said that he had approved that religious centres be opened from Aug. 14, but with a caveat that there should be no multiple services.
The governor also said that services must be concluded within two hours while children below 12 years of age and elderly people above 65 years should not be allowed to attend services or Sallat until further notice.
“ Only Friday Jumat for Muslims, Saturday Sabbath for Adventists and Sunday Services for other Christian denominations are allowed.
“Weekly and vigil services are not to hold in the meantime, while all traditional worships or festivals that demand large gathering of devotees remain suspended until further notice”, the governor said.
Edited By: Shittu Obassa/Peter Dada (NAN)https://nnn.ng/ekiti-govt-says-only-students-in-sss-3-classes-will-resume-revision-classes-on-aug-10/
Edo 2020: NCFront commends security on neutrality, wants more from INEC on logistics
The National Consultative Front (NCFront) on Sunday commended stakeholders for peaceful and credible Edo gubernatorial election, applauding the security for its neutrality and professionalism.
The group disclosed this in its “Major Assessment and Verdict on Edo Governorship Election”, it issued.
It was jointly issued by Comrade Isa Aremu, Dr Tanko Yunusa, Prince Chris Azor, Mr Georgina Dakpokpo, Ayaba Olubunmi and Mr Ejiro Ofoye on behalf of NCFront Elections Monitoring Team.
The nonpartisan group, which commended the security for visible neutrality and professionalism in preventing thuggery and attempted malpractice in some polling units, advised the officers not to rest on their oars.
According to the group, more are still expected from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on logistics and in the conduct of some political parties and their agents.
The group said that party agents were expected to be more adherent to subsisting electoral ethics and rules, which forbade voters’ inducement, vote buying, thuggery and violence during elections, ballot snatching and stuffing.
It said that the political parties should always exercise respect for the Peace Accord their parties and candidates signed before elections.
“NCFront wishes to call on the INEC, as the main elections management body in Nigeria to always ensure that improved elections logistics are henceforth put in place and deployed on time.
“INEC must urgently employ latest technology required to make elections transparent and credible in Nigeria so that elections are not ruined by violence and ultimately decided by the Courts instead of the electorate.
“However, the Police, being the lead security agency, would still need to do more to assure the Nigerian electorate, especially, through improved conduct of its personnel that they can reliably stand on the part of the law in maintaining peace and order during elections.
“This must be done instead of their regular recourse to intimidation of eligible voters, which has always occasioned recline of voters on election day and electoral manipulation in another instance,” it said.
The group, however, commended INEC for being above board in its conduct during the poll.
The NCFront also commended the Edo people for the relative peace witnessed during the poll and credibility of the electoral process, inspite of the violent build up.
The group while congratulating the winner of the election called on Gov. Godwin Obaseki to be magnanimous in victory by extending the hands of fellowship to all his fellow contestants in building a united and stable government and state.
NAN reports that NCFront, a nonpartisan pan-Nigerian conscience group, deployed 600 cadres of observers/monitors, in conjuction with its INEC accredited partners, in the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo for monitoring of the governorship elections.
The group commended INEC for giving priority to Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs), and other vulnerable groups especially the elderly during the electioneering process.
It, however, added that some of the polling units were not accessible to some categories of PLWDs.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
Iru land is committed to environmental, national development- Oba Lawal
The Oniru of Iru Land, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II, says the Kingdom is committed to national, environmental and security development for the growth and progress of Lagos State and Nigeria.
Lawal made this known when the Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Governors’ Forum, Dr Kayode Fayemi paid him a courtesy visit on Sunday in Lagos.
The monarch said that various developmental projects were already in place for the benefit of Iru land.
Lawal disclosed that over the past few weeks, Iru land had carried out various exercises bothering around environmental awareness and development such as tree planting and the cleanup of the beach fronts in Iru land.
According to him, the need to maintain a healthy environment will at the long run translate to a generally healthy community, hence the importance of being committed to environmental development.
“I am very grateful and delighted that you are here all the way from Ekiti State. We see all that you are doing in your state and we feel the impacts here in Lagos State as well.
“It is a thing of joy that you have successfully played your part as a governor in developing our nation.
“As governors and traditional rulers, we are enjoined to play our parts in making the nation great again.
“This is why, over the last few weeks here in Iru, we have been engaging in activities bothering around environmental development.
“We started with a tree planting where we distributed no fewer than 1,500 seedlings for coconut and other trees as well as the beach cleanup where we cleaned up waste from beach fronts all around Iru.
“This brings me to the issue of waste management. We need to promote the use of reusable bags as against single use plastic bags,” the Oniru said.
The traditional ruler said that the security of the states’ Liason Offices at the Oniru Beach Front was of optimum importance as the offices were old and dilapidated hence they served as hideouts for miscreants and hoodlums.
“We have written to the Police and I will like you to use your office as the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum to look into this.
“Let us see how the palace can collaborate with those states because a lot of people come into this axis and their security should be our priority.
“We have a lot of financial institutions there, investors as well so we need to redevelop those places.
“There is what we call land value capture in land economics, where property of government, especially those that are not fit for the purpose they were built but are strategically located.
“Such property can still be utilised in some way and it will generate a lot of impact and revenue still comes back to the owners of such property” the Oba said.
The Oniru said that governors and traditional rulers should be able to work hand in hand to bring security and environmental health to people in the community hence, traditional rulers should be included in governance apart from their traditional responsibilities.
He appealed to Fayemi to support the call for giving traditional rulers a role in governance, saying that as traditional rulers, they were more informed about the communities’ needs and they were like a grassroots government.
He said that Iru land always looked forward to a regional integration with neighbouring states such that any development or project proposed was mostly welcome because they would have a positive impact on the national economy.
Earlier, Gov. Fayemi, who expressed delight being at the palace of the Oniru, said that he had no doubts in the abilities of the traditional ruler to deliver his optimum best to the people of Iru land.
Fayemi said that Iru land was one of the primmest and economically viable lands in Nigeria, adding that Oba Lawal was bound to leave it in a better state than he met it considering his many years of experience and the projects that he had already started.
“I am extremely delighted to be here today. This is like a home to me; Kabiyesi has been my brother for years, the better part of the last three decades.
“We have been coming on this journey of progressive development in our communities so I am especially delighted that he has been chosen by our ancestors to continue in the path of our fathers in this very critical community to Lagos and to Nigeria.
“I have no doubts in my mind that his period on the throne is going to be beneficial to our country.
“He is not just a progressive thinker, he is exposed, experienced and has an extensive knowledge of development at the local community and global level.
“The Oniru has received first class education in community development and he has network that will benefit this special community,” he said.
Fayemi said that issues concerning the liaison offices would be looked into by the governors’ forum and everything would be done to ensure the security of the beach front.
He said that he had been abreast of all the developmental projects and programmes that the monarch engaged in since he ascended the throne, adding that he was certain that Iru land was in the best of hands.
“I pray that your reign continues to bring in more prosperity and peace to your people. Everything you lay your hands upon since your ascending the throne will prosper and yield positive results and may God take evil far away from you.
“In the little time I have spent with you, we have discussed nothing but the development of Iru land and you have very grand ideas on how to turn this place around already.
“I am delighted and excited at the opportunities that are staring us in the face with you as our royal father,” Fayemi said.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf
Youths should be drivers of innovation, creativity for a better Nigeria- Ex-VC Bell University
Prof. Isaac Adeyemi, the former Vice Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ogun, has charged Nigerian youths to harnessy their knowledge via the internet to be drivers of innovation and creativity for a better Nigeria.
“The youths are the most vulnerable to the post COVID-19 events, including the educational system.
“To position themselves for a successful career, the youths being exposed to technology should take the initiative to see to it that they use the knowledge for innovation and creativity.
‘’That will develop the economy of the country because each country is trying to design means of survival to float,” Adeyemi said.
The former VC said through collaboration with local or international agencies or organisations, some of which are online, youth can leverage and adapt knowledge to suit local situations.
“This can translate into national or state activities that can grow the economy of Nigeria and put it in the global stage.
Also speaking at the event, Prof. Seyi Osunade, Associate Professor, Computer Science department, University of Ibadan, said based on what was happening right now with the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, government and education stakeholders should do more of advocacy.
“That is creating an awareness for the youths on what the pandemic is, that it is real and people still need to take precautions.
“Though the number of infected people are dropping, people still need to take precautions and as schools are preparing to resume, people should work towards maintaining the safety protocols and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
“Our curriculum should focus more on practical skills and expressions, that is they should teach things that our students can do here to provide local solutions to our challenges.
“Things they can develop into products, because if we can adapt the knowledge we have into a working solution it will go a long way for us.
“Technical and vocational education should be encouraged more even in our normal school curriculum,” Osunade said.
The Pioneer of SSII, Mrs Omokehinde Deji-Akinpelu said the organisation was focused on community service.
She said that the initiative started formally in 2014 with mentoring of undergraduate students at Lead City University.
Deji-Akinpelu stated that the vision of the organization was to raise purpose driven young men and women who would become world renowned in conduct, character and competence.
“We are set out to impart them with positive values and right attitude to life that will enable them become accountable and responsible adults
“You will agree with me that part of what we are facing today with our political leaders in Nigeria is lack of right mentoring.
“Some of these youths are taking wrong steps and decisions because they lack right and proper mentoring, we need to address this for a better Nigeria.”
Deji-Akinpelu further stated that youths would rather model their lives after celebrities and people they don’t even have direct access to and that had its disadvantages.
Two of the participants who spoke to NAN, Oluwatobi Oduola and Ayomide Olukorede said their passion to influence teenagers and mentor them towards greatness fueled their participation.
They identified lack of sense of direction and career choice as major challenges teenagers are faced with and the need to help as many youths to succeed in life despite all odds.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni
Schools resumption: Lalong urges parents to teach children COVID-19 safety protocols
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has urged parents in the state to teach their children the safety protocols against COVID-19, preparatory to resumption of schools targeted for end of October.
Lalong had in a broadcast to the people of the state said schools would resume October ending, but was not definite on the date.
He made the call on Sunday at a send off Church mass for the outgoing Prior Provincial of the Catholic Church Order of St. Augustine in Nigeria, Rev. Fr. John Abubakar, at the St. Monica’s Parish Rantya, Jos.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that St Augustinians in the Catholic Church were accredited with parish and pastoral work, scientific study, teaching and missions, among others.
The governor said he made the call because children easily emulated what parents did, more than instructions given to them elsewhere.
Besides, he said, children were most vulnerable to the disease and must be protected, first by the parents.
“I appeal to parents to comply with COVID-19 protocols for the children to emulate, they are most vulnerable because they move around more than us.
“It is the toughest decision we will make to allow innocent children to return to school, ” he said.
Lalong explained that Plateau was now an epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic resulting from the large number of people tested daily in its three testing centres.
“In the 36 states, we are the third in terms of testing capacity and recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for doing well.
“We test 500 people to 700 people daily, we want everyone to know their health status for appropriate action,” he said.
He commended the outgoing Prior Provincial for his diligence in service during his tenure for eight years and prayed for God’s blessings on him.
“In addition to establishing a new secondary school here, he told me he was lobbying for the establishment of an Augustinian University in Plateau,” he said.
The governor expressed optimism that the university would be a reality even in his absence, because of the foundation he had laid for the process.
He thanked the Prior Provincial for his contributions to the Catholic Church and Plateau, expressing the desire that his successor would consolidate on his achievements for greater successes.
Delivering the homily titled: ` God’s Unmerited Love’, Abubakar urged the congregation to focus on their gifts and talents and desist from comparing their lives with other people.
“We should seize opportunity to be impactful with our talents and gifts and stop the mistake of comparing yourselves with others. How God chooses to operate is up to him,”he said.
He said people were appreciated when they left an office because of the value they have added to lives.
Abubakar appreciated the Plateau Government and people of the state for the love they showered on him during his stay, saying their cooperation made his work easy while urging them to extend such gesture to his successor.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye and Abdullahi Yusuf