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We’re not ready for full resumption yet — Ogun, katsina, Bauchi, others

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States including Ogun , Katsina, Bauchi , Enugu, Sokoto, Gombe and Ekiti on Sunday ruled out full reopening of schools , including tertiary institutions , despite the success recorded so far in the fight against COVID -19 .
Officials of the state governments, in separate interviews with our correspondents , said they would not follow the Lagos State example .
Recall that schools in the country were closed in March as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID – 19 .
But Senior Secondary School 3 students were called back on August 4 to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination , which started on August 17 .
No fewer than 53 ,727 cases had been confirmed in the country as of August 29 .
Lagos had recorded 18 , 104 cases ; the Federal Capital Territory , 5 ,149 cases and Oyo State, 3 , 107 cases . Also, Kano State had also record 1 , 725 cases as of August 29 .
On Saturday , Lagos State , which was the epicentre of the virus until a few weeks ago , said its schools would resume in September.
The state Governor , Babajide Sanwo -Olu , who disclosed this , said higher institutions would resume on September 14 , while the resumption date for primary and secondary schools was tentatively fixed for September 21 .
He said the decision was informed by the decline in the number of COVID -19 cases in the state .
The Presidential Task Force on COVID – 19 had on Thursday said coronavirus epicentre had shifted from Lagos State to Plateau State .
We are not in a hurry, we will wait for FG ’ s directive – Ogun
On Sunday , the Ogun State Government said it was not in a hurry to reopen tertiary institutions , secondary and primary schools .
The government said it would avoid taking an uninformed decision to reopen schools because Lagos State had made the announcement to reopen schools .
The Special Adviser to the governor on Public Communications , Remmy Hazzan, in an interview said the state government shut the schools based on the Federal Government ’s order and would reverse the order based on the same method .
He said “ We will look at the various database and use empirical data available .
“ The indicator that will determine when we are going to open depends majorly on the Federal Government ` s readiness to reverse the order so that we will not be seen as a state that is anti -Federal Government .
“ That is on one side . The second one is that even at that we will still rely on empirical data that science provides to guarantee the safety of our children when they return to school . So the fact that Lagos has done it is not an indicator that we have to be in a hurry to do it .”
We won ’ t follow anybody ’ s timetable – Ekiti coordinator
On his part , the Coordinator of the Ekiti State COVID -19 Response Task Force, Prof Bolaji Aluko , said the state government would observe happenings in the secondary schools .
Aluko said , “ We won ’ t follow any person ’s timetable . We want to see events after the WASSCE and the JSSCE , whether students got sick , whether teachers got sick . So far, we have not seen any breakdown of students or teachers falling ill . We are still studying them . If there is no outbreak of illness , then we may start the schools .
“ But for now , we have not decided. We have not known the basis for the directive in Lagos State . But there is the possibility that our tertiary institutions resume this year . I think secondary schools also , before the end of the year . I have asked around , we have not seen any hot spot of COVID – 19 as far as the ongoing examinations are concerned .”
The Enugu State Government also said it was in contact with the Federal Ministry of Education , saying there were no plans to reopen schools yet.
The state Commissioner of Education , Prof. Uche Eze , stated this in a reply to
He stated, “ No decision to that effect yet. We are in close touch with the Federal Ministry of Education .”
Bauchi doesn ’ t follow Lagos example – Commissioner
In his response to an SMS sent to him, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Education , Dr Aliyu Tilde , said , “ Bauchi does not follow Lagos . We will open when we are ready . ”
In Katsina State , the Public Relations Officer in the state Ministry of Education , Mallam Salisu Kerau , said there was no notice yet on resumption of schools in the state .
“ No notice yet on resumption of schools and higher institutions in the state . The public will be duly informed when they are to be reopened ,” he said.
We can ’ t reopen schools if there is no safety – Gombe commissioner
Also, the Gombe sSate Commissioner for Higher Education Dr . Meshack Audu , in an interview with one of our correspondents , said , “ No specific date at the moment , but we are monitoring the situation . Government is not happy that students have stayed at home this long . Government is doing everything possible to ensure their safe return.
“ The safety of these students matters most because only the living reads ; only the living goes to school. If there is no safety in the schools , we can’ t reopen .”
The Permanent Secretary in the Sokoto state Ministry for Higher Education , Othman Ali , told one of our correspondents that , “ the decision on the likely date for the resumption of our tertiary schools will be decided by the task force on COVID – 19 , constituted by the state government . ”
On his part , the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Mohammed Inname, revealed that the state task force on COVID – 19 would come up with a position on tertiary schools ` resumption in the state this week .
No new development , status quo remains
– Minister
But the Minister of State for Education , Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had in an interview last week , said there was no new development on the reopening of schools , adding that the status quo remained .
He said, “ If we have a new position on that , we will issue it . ”

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President Buhari Suspends EndSARS Protests Nationwide

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images 2020 10 23T104409.909 President Buhari Suspends EndSARS Protests Nationwide

24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.
25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.
27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

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FG & ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform , Again

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images 2020 10 23T084726.336 FG & ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform , Again

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked again on Wednesday, following the disagreement over the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowance of the university lecturers .
The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Chris Ngige , had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll – out of ASUU ’ s preferred platform , the University Transparency and Accountability Solution .
But the ASUU delegation led by its National President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the university lect would not enrol on the government salary platform .
The spokesman , Ministry of Labour and Employment , Mr Charles Akpan , explained that the meeting adjourned till Monday to enable the union leaders to get across to their members on the mode of payment.
The parley is expected to reconvene on Monday to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG .
Among other things, the government had agreed to pay N 40 billion , being the pending Earned Academic Allowance of the university teachers overdue since November 2019.
Out of the amount , N 30 billion would be paid on or before November 6, while the remaining N 10 billion would be spread equally over two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022.
The two parties equally agreed to the planned release of N 30 billion for the revitalisation of the education sector.
The government offered to pay N 20 billion as funding for the revitalization of public universities, by January 2021, as well as, seek sources of alternative and additional funding for the university system, among other conclusions.

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A curfew has been imposed in Anambra and a charging office in Imo has been burnt down

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images 2020 10 22T143153.593 A curfew has been imposed in Anambra and a charging office in Imo has been burnt down

The government of southeastern Nigeria’s Anambra State has imposed a 24-hour curfew in all parts of the state amid escalating violence, following the EndSARS protests.

Many states in the Southwest have also enacted the law.

The Anambra state government has also announced the closure of all schools and markets until the situation improves. City officials also set fire to an Orji police station in the southwestern state of Imo.

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