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NYSC warns corpers against night travel, bans religious gatherings, others

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The National Youth Service Corps has warned prospective corps members against night travel as they prepare to move to the various camps across the country on Tuesday January 9 for their orientation programme.

Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, gave the warning during a sensitisation webinar for the 2020 Batch B Stream II corps members on Friday.

The NYSC said all orientation camps nationwide would be reopened next Tuesday, amid cautious measures against COVID-19 spread including suspending religious gatherings.

Ibrahim urged them to avoid actions that could put their lives at risk.

He advised the prospective corps members to break their journey if they would travel a long distance before getting to their states of deployment.

He said the scheme would not hesitate to decamp anyone who failed to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols while in camp.

“Please don’t travel at night and don’t endanger your security; kindly stay safe. If you are sick, let us know and don’t jeopardise the orientation course. We will not hesitate to decamp anyone who fails to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols,” he warned.

The NCDC DG, Ihekweazu, also said the government could not stop all activities because of COVID-19.

He said, “We have got to find a way to continue moving forward with certain aspects of daily life in a controlled way, mitigating risks as much as possible.”

He said measures had been put in place just like in November 2020 to ensure that NYSC camps were safe.

Dr Oyeladun Okunromade, NYSC Camp Safe Reopening Project Lead, specifically said all forms of religious gatherings on its orientation camps had been banned.

The sensitisation programme with the theme, ‘Protecting the health of the Nigerian Youth: Safe Reopening of NYSC Orientation Camps’ also had in attendance the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

Okunromade said corps members would resume with 200 daily and would be tested for COVID-19 on getting to the NYSC camps.

Those testing positive for the virus would be isolated at approved NCDC health facilities while those negative would be allowed on camps, she added.

The NYSC official warned that corps members who failed to resume at their allotted dates risk resuming with the next batch.

She said corps members were required to fill certain forms on the NYSC website to book their resumption dates.

“There won’t be any form of religious gatherings in camp. We encourage virtual activities,” she said, adding that corps members were required to come on camp with their face masks and other personal protective materials as the NYSC would not provide those.

Okunromade also said, “Maami market has been significantly reduced in line with the new normal. There won’t be any sitting down with friends to dine at the market but there will takeaways.”

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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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