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FG asks schools to resume on January 18  

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The Federal Government has directed schools to resume academic activities on January 18, 2021.

It said the decision was reached after a meeting with stakeholders, such as state governors, their commissioners for education, school proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students.

A statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, said it was unanimously agreed that the resumption date of 18th January should remain, while parents and respective institutions should ensure full compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

The meeting insisted on the compulsory wearing of face masks by all students, teachers and workers in all schools.

Other measures arrived at during the meeting included compulsory temperature checks and hand washing facilities at strategic locations in all schools, ensuring constant supply of water and sanitizers with enforcement of maintenance of social distancing and suspension of large gatherings such as assembly and visiting days.

Other measures agreed on are avoidance of overcrowding, including limitation in class sizes and hostel occupancy; availability of functional health clinics with facilities for isolation and transportation of suspected cases to medical facilities; adherence to all other non-pharmaceutical protocols, restrictions and containment measures as may be prescribed/approved by the PTF from time to time.

The statement said, “These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.”

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had earlier said the January 18 resumption date was being reviewed in view of the resurgence of COVID-19 with new strains spreading across many countries including Nigeria.

But the PTF on COVID-19 team came out a few days later to clarify that the report of the postponement in school resumption date was not true, adding that the matter was still being reviewed by the Ministry of Education.

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Buhari appoints Wushishi as NECO registrar

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi as Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examination Council (NECO).
The council has been run by an acting registrar since the death of Prof Godswill Obioma, the former registrar.
Obioma died in Minna, Niger State capital, last month.
In a letter with reference No: FME/PSE/NECO/1078/C.1/36, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, stated that the appointment of Wushishi is for an initial tenure of five years.
He said the appointment took effect on 12the July.
Wushishi was born on 5th April 1965 and hails from Wushishi Local Government Area of Niger State.

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17-year-old best JAMB candidate, 29 others get US scholarships

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The 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) highest scorer, Ekene Ezeunala, has been offered scholarship to study Computer Science and Mathematics at the Columbia University in New York, United State.
He got the scholarship along with 29 other Nigerian brilliant students.
The 17-year-old, who graduated from Meiran Community Senior High School in Lagos, scored 347 out of 400.
Ezeunala was among the 30 Opportunity Funds Programme (OFP) scholars of the US Embassy, who have received fully-funded scholarships totaling $4.35million to pursue higher education in American universities and colleges for the 2021/2022 academic session.
The beneficiaries comprised six undergraduates, three masters and 21 doctoral candidates
Speaking Thursday in Lagos at a reception in honour of the scholars, US Consul General, Claire Pierangelo, urged them to make the most of their opportunity to get a top-notch education while gaining first-hand experience of American life and culture.
Responding, Ezeunala described the scholarship as a life-changing experience, which he said has opened up a new world of opportunities and resources he never knew were available to him.
Nigeria retained its top ranking as the number one source of African students studying in the United States, according to a report by US Institute of International Education.

It said 13,762 Nigerians are currently studying at more than 1,000 US colleges and universities.

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Buhari names former INEC boss, Jega, UniJos governing council chairman

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, as chairman, Governing Council of the University of Jos.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Abuja on Thursday.

He said Buhari also approved the appointment and reassignment of chancellors to 42 federal universities.

Two former ministers, Prof Anthony Anwuka and Udoma Udo Udoma, were also appointed chairmen of governing councils.

While Anwuka is to chair the council of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Udoma will chair the council of Bayero University, Kano.

Both Udoma and Anwuka served as ministers in the first term of Buhari.

Other chairmen of councils are Prof Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo, University Of Abuja; Malam Adamu Fika, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria; Dr Sonny Kuku, University Of Benin; Chief Ikechi Emenike, University Of Nigeria; Nsukka and Ballama Manu, University Of Maiduguri.

Adamu said the President approved the re-constitution of governing councils of 23 federal universities and Inter-University Centres (IUCs) following the expiration of their tenures since 8th May, 2021.

The minister said the chancellors would be presented to the university community at an investiture ceremony to be organised during the next convocation ceremony.

“The chancellor shall in relation to the university take precedence before all other members of the university, and when he is present shall preside at all the meetings of convocation held for conferring degrees,” he said.

The appointed chancellors are Prof James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, the Tor Tiv (University of Benin), Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi III, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, (Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University), Bauchi; Obi Ofala Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha, (Ahmadu Bello University), Zaria and Oba Aremu Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland, (Alex Ekwueme University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State).

Others are Oba Ewuare 11, Oba of Benin, (Bayero University, Kano); King W S Joshua Igbugburu X, Con, Ibenanawei of Bomo Kingdom, (Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State; Prof Joseph Chike Edozien, Asagba of Asaba, (Federal University Gashua, Yobe); and Alhaji (Dr.) Mohammadu Abali Ibn Mohammed Idris, Emir of Fika, (Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State).

King Dandeson Douglas Jaja Jeki, Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, (Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina); Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, Emir of Gombe, (Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike) and Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad 1, Emir of Lafia, (Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa), among others.

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