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  1. "There is hardly anyone in Nigeria who didn't receive the Federal Government palliatives care in this trial COVID-19 pandemic.All the tribes in Nigeria received the the palliatives,infact it was evenly distributed. "Hearing some tribes crying of marginalization, especially the Eastern parts of Nigeria and the South South that no palliative care was given to them tends to blackmail. - Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq. APC government gave us false hope and we blindly fall for their political school of taught. I pray that God forgive us all, both the elected, electorate and the appointed.
  2. The Kaduna State Government has announced August 10 for the reopening of schools for Senior Secondary School 3 students. According to a statement released by the Commissioner for Education, Shehu Mohammed, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, gave the approval to enable the students to write their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) slated for August 17, 2020. Mohammed directed all secondary school principals to make arrangements to receive SS3 boarding students on August 9 and day students on August 10 respectively. “The guidelines include reduced hours of work/revision to 4 hours per shift, strict social distancing both in the classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels, consistency of temperature monitoring and handling any suspected case of COVID 19 case to the health authorities,” he said. The Commissioner also advised all administrators of public and private schools in the state to use the one week period to make adequate preparation and put all COVID-19 guidelines in place. Shehu warned schools against resuming before August 10.
  3. Some Nigerian Universities irrespective of the ASUU strike and the current covid-19 pandemic has started the sales of their post UTME forms online. Most students have been speculating if the exams will hold or if they will be graded based on their JAMB score and WAEC result.Well, to that nothing has been said but students are advised to keep on reading their books in preparation for the exams so that they are not caught unaware if the exams eventually takes place. Here are some federal and state universities whose 2020/2021 forms are out with the deadline for the sales of the form. Modibibo Adama University of Technology( MAUTECH) - August 24th 2020 Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) - September 1 2020 Akwa Ibom State University( AKSU) - August 21 2020 Taraba State University( TASU) - September 30th 2020 Tai Solarin University of Education( TASUED) - September 3rd 2020 Federal University of Oye- Ekiti( FUOYE) - August 15th 2020 Olabisi Onabanjo University(OOU) - September 4th 2020 University of Port Harcourt ( UNIPORT) - August 28th 2020 Federal University of Lafia( FULAFIA) - August 30 2020 Alex Ekueme Federal University Ndufu- Alike(AE-FUNAI) - August 31st 2020 Abia State University(ABSU) - August 21st 2020 Niger Delta University(NDU) - August 31st 2020 Delta State University (DELSU) - September 1st 2020 University of Calabar (UNICAL) - August 7th 2020 Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma (AAU) - August 20th 2020 Students whose forms are not out are advised to keep checking the school portal constantly and to keep on reading their books.
  4. The Federal Government has called on resuming Junior Secondary School (JSS) 3 and Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 students that are yet to pay their third term school fees to do so without delay. Schools were shut down across the country in March 2020 to guard against the spread of COVID-19, resulting in massive disruption of the normal third term’s academic activities. But the Federal Government, which has 104 colleges (Unity Schools) spread across the country, said students in exit classes- JSS3 and SSS 3, who are expected to resume on Monday (today) will show evidence of school fees payment for the abridged term. “A lot of issues have been raised, especially on whether students are to pay third term school fees, and whether JSS 3 will have to resume on Monday. The answer to both questions is yes. “Resuming students are to pay their third term fees where they have not yet paid. JSS 3 students are also to resume in school as from Monday so they can do their revision preparatory to their exams. We have to make these clarifications quickly because Monday is the reopening date,” a terse statement by the Director of Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Ben Goong, said. The Ministry had on Wednesday issued a statement in Abuja detailing various dates for earlier suspended national examinations. Part of the statement read: “The West African Examination Council (WAEC-SSCE) will start on the 17th of August, 2020 while the National Business and Technical Examination Board, (NABTEB) examinations will start on the 21st September and end by 15th October, 2020. “Other details of the schedule indicate that the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for SS3, conducted by NECO will start on the 5th of October and end on 18th of November, 2020. “The Basic Education Certificate Examinations, (BECE) for JSS 3 also conducted by NECO, will start on the 24th of August and end on the 7th of September, 2020. “Furthermore, the National Common Entrance Examination, (NCEE) which is a one-day NECO examination for intending applicants into Unity Colleges (JSS1) will run in-between the Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations i.e. on Saturday, 17th October, 2020.”
  5. The wife of the Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Monica Ugochi Ugwuanyi, has urged mothers, fathers and wives of the Local Government Chairmen to join her in the renewed call for appropriate breastfeeding of children “as one pathway to mitigate environmental degradation that starts with correct breastfeeding”. Mrs. Ugwuanyi made the call in her message to commemorate this year’s World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2020), themed: “Supporting breastfeeding for a healthier Planet”. The Enugu State Governor’s wife listed the negative consequences of inadequate breastfeeding on malnourished children, especially when they become adults, to include stunting of growth and likely suffering of chronic diseases. She added that such health challenges contribute in making populations vulnerable to pandemics such as the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) currently ravaging the world. Mrs. Ugwuanyi therefore harped on the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding of children within the first hour of birth, exclusive breastfeeding for six months and introduction of solid food as complementary feeding and continuous breastfeeding for two years of age or beyond. She disclosed that breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight viruses and bacteria, lowers their (babies') risk of having asthma or allergies, provides the ideal nutrition for the babies and makes them smarter, adding that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months without a formula have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness and diarrhea. “Breast milk is a natural, renewable food that is environmentally safe and green because it is produced and delivered to the consumer without pollution, packaging or waste. We need to respect nature, by doing first thing, first! Breast milk is the first food that we consume in life and it is a critical part of sustainable food system”, she emphasized. While calling for renewed collaboration with relevant stakeholders towards the actualization of appropriate breastfeeding of children, Mrs. Ugwuanyi pointed out that “a warm chain of support from us all will create an enabling environment that empowers all mothers to breastfeed optimally for a healthier planet, saying: “I pledge to bridge the gap for the survival of our children”.
  6. Prof. Ogunyemi, The President of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has guaranteed the Union's readiness to resume academic activities based on the conditions for reopening. "We are ready to call off the strike as soon as the conditions for reopening schools are met. We have also calculated that Government should use the opportunity of the lockdown to handle the challenges in the education sector". However, the President listed the issues raised in the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), which includes; 1) Release of N1.3trillion for revitalisation of Universities. 2) Payment of all Earned Academic allowances. 3) Commencement of visitation to all federal Universities. 4) Provision of documented guidelines on procedures, and roles of parties in the process of FGN/ASUU agreement of 2009. According to Him, consecutive governments were establishing universities without funding them adequately, adding that some of the institutions established were uncalled-for. "State Governments have turned the establishment of Universities to constituency projects; each governor wants to have a university in his constituency. This is really sad, and if we are not cautious, university education will fall like the public primary schools across the nation. So, ASUU is battling to stop the total collapse. Our demands are not selfishly motivated". Meanwhile, recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has kicked against the proposed plan of the Federal Government to reopen schools in the country.
  7. University teachers yesterday declared that they are ready to resume work if all the safety conditions spelt out for the reopening of schools by the government are fully met. Besides, they insisted that government must address the pending issues contained in the memorandum of agreement between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government. While ASUU assured of its readiness to resume academic activities, the union premised its resumption on the government’s readiness to meet all reopening guidelines. Ogunyemi decried the poor state of facilities on campuses and wondered how social distancing would be maintained in the nation’s public universities. “We are ready to resume as soon as the conditions for reopening schools are met. We have also advised the government to use the opportunity of the lockdown to address the challenges in the education sector.” The ASUU chief warned that failure to put things right in tertiary institutions before reopening may turn the institutions into incubation centres for COVID-19. Prof Ogunyemi listed the issues raised in the MoA to include the release of N1.3trillion for the revitalisation of universities, payment of Earned Academic allowances, commencement of visitation to all federal universities, strengthening the consultative committee on state-owned universities to look into the issues of proliferation, underfunding and governance to consistently deliver on its mandate, as well as provision of documented guidelines on procedures and roles of parties in the process of renegotiating FGN/ ASUU agreement of 2009. The union also accused the Federal and state Governments of proliferation of universities in the country. According to the president, successive governments were establishing universities without adequately funding them, adding that some of the institutions established were needless. “Why do we need a university of transportation, or that of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)? All these can be taken care of by the existing public universities. So, proliferation of university education will not help us; it is grossly affecting the quality of learning in the country,” he said. Ogunyemi further lamented that state governments have made the setting up of universities a constituency project, rather than centres of development. He warned that university education in the country may go comatose just like the primary education system if things are not urgently addressed. “State governments have turned the establishment of universities to constituency projects; every governor wants to have a university in his constituency. This is really sad and if we are not careful, university education will collapse like the public primary schools in the country. So, what ASUU is really fighting for is to stop the total collapse. Our demands are not selfishly motivated,” Ogunyemi added. He urged the Federal Government to fix public universities, saying by so doing, such institutions can be spinners of revenue generation. Ogunyemi also called on the government to implement the recommendations of the union based on the Needs Assessment Report of 2012 and other demands of the union.
  8. Manufacturing PMI in the month of July stood at 44.9 index points. Nigeria’s economy continues to grapple with the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the manufacturing sector shrunk further in the month of July 2020. This is contained in the latest Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) report released by the Central Bank of Nigeria. According to the latest data released by the apex bank, Manufacturing PMI in the month of July stood at 44.9 index points, indicating a contraction in the manufacturing sector for the third consecutive month. The latest figure shows marginal growth compared to 41.1 and 42.4 index points recorded in June and May 2020 respectively. Meanwhile, the Nigerian economy remains on a tepid trajectory as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt both supply and demand chains of production. Contraction subsists across key sub-sectors Of the 14 surveyed subsectors, the transportation equipment subsector reported growth (above 50% threshold) in the reviewed month, while nonmetallics in the mineral products sector reported no change. The improvement in transportation must have been driven by the gradual easing of lockdown across the country. However, the remaining 12 subsectors shrank in the following order: printing & related support activities; primary metals; fabricated metal products; paper products; food, beverage & tobacco products; chemical & pharmaceutical products; furniture & related products; electrical equipment; plastics & rubber products; petroleum & coal products; textile, apparel, leather & footwear, and cement. Also, the non-manufacturing PMI stood at 43.3 index points, indicating a contraction for the fourth consecutive month, though showing signs of recovery compared to 35.7 and 25.3 index points recorded in June and May respectively. Of the 17 surveyed subsectors, only arts, entertainment & recreation, and transportation & warehousing recorded growth (above 50% threshold), while the remaining 15 subsectors recorded declines in July 2020. Manufacturing components remain negative in July The CBN report usually has five PMI components, which include Production level, New orders, Supplier Delivery time, Employment level, and Raw material inventory. In the month of July, four of the five components shrank in the following order: Production level (44.7), New orders (43.1), Employment level (40), and Raw material inventory (43.2). However, supplier delivery time witnessed growth at 56.4 points in July, an improvement which is expected to improve in the coming months as nationwide lockdown continues to easy and economic activities improve. What this means PMI is a survey conducted by the Central Bank of Nigeria, showing changes in the level of business activities in the current month compared with the preceding month. For each of the indicators measured, this report shows the diffusion index of the responses, which is computed as the percentage of responses with positive change plus half of the percentage of those reporting no change, except for supplier delivery time, which is computed as the percentage of responses with negative change plus half of the percentage of those reporting no change. The latest PMI figures show that Nigeria’s manufacturing and the non-manufacturing sectors are yet to recover from the effects of COVID-19 lockdown, which caused disruption in all economic activities across the country. Also, the continued contraction in the manufacturing sector implies that unemployment may rise further in the economy. According to the Economic Sustainability plan recently released by the Nigerian government, unemployment may hit c.40% by the end of 2020— a trend that may leave the Nigerian economy in a sustained deep recession.
  9. The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged countless countries worldwide, but none have been hit harder than the U.S., and America sped past a somber signpost on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed Covid-related deaths within the United States surpassed 150,000. KEY FACTS America leads the world, by far, in both total numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths. Despite representing less than 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. accounts for more than 22.5% of the world’s coronavirus deaths. Over just the past four months, more Americans have died from the coronavirus than the number of U.S. service members killed in World War I (and more than Vietnam and Korean wars combined). Yet, according to multiple studies published recently (including a thorough study by researchers at Yale University earlier this month), the number of confirmed deaths in the U.S. due to Covid-19 is significantly lower than the actual number of fatalities. Despite a recent slowdown, New York has recorded far more deaths than any other state (a total of 32,333 fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a New York Times database). Florida, the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic, again broke its daily record for deaths on Wednesday, reporting 216 fatalities in just the past 24 hours. KEY BACKGROUND: President Trump has received harsh criticism from for his handling of the pandemic since the virus first arrived in the U.S. His downplaying of the potential severity of the threat from Covid-19 resulted in the country not taking the deadly disease seriously early, critics claim. Earlier this month, the president falsely claimed “99%” of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.” Tuesday, he declared “large portions” of the country are “corona free.” However, according to a recently issued federal report, 21 U.S states are in the “red zone” for coronavirus outbreaks, which means they are reporting more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people. The U.S. exceeded 4 million Covid-19 cases last week, and the exponentially increasing rate of infections has been alarming. It took 99 days for 1 million Americans to become infected. Forty-three days after that, the U.S. hit 2 million cases. America surpassed 3 million less than a month later. Then, it took just 15 more days for the U.S. to exceed 4 million. BIG NUMBER: 1,000: It’s been 150 days since March 1, which means that approximately an average of 1,000 Americans have died every day since the first known Covid-related fatality back in late February. CRUCIAL QUOTES: “You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero,” said President Trump on February 26th. “Five months after President Trump said the coronavirus would just ‘disappear,’ our nation marks 150,000 lives lost to COVID-19,” said Congressman Bill Foster, a Democrat representing Illinois. “Simply put, the President and his administration failed miserably to manage the coronavirus crisis and we are paying the price for their incompetence with the lives of our fellow citizens.” “Our analyses suggest that the official tally of deaths due to Covid-19 represent a substantial undercount of the true burden,” said Dan Weinberger, an epidemiologist at Yale School of Public Health. TANGENT: The Covid-19 vaccine candidate made by the biotech company Moderna, Inc. and developed in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health began Phase 3 clinical trials earlier this week. It’s the first such final-phase testing trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said Monday morning that late-stage results could be ready by October, but cautioned that was a “really optimistic” scenario.
  10. The crypotoverse seems to be getting bigger lately because the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies has surged past a new 5-month high. These were largely contributed by the recent rally in BTC, ETH, and XRP and many altcoins in play. Data from Coinmarketcap, an advanced crypto tracker firm, revealed that the market capitalization value of the cryptocurrency market stands at $323 billion at the time this report was drafted. BTC played a major role in the crypto market value, contributing about 62% of the whole crypto market capitalization. What this means: This incredible feat in the crypto market shows global investors and traders are rushing into digital coins, and hedging against inflation-prone assets like currencies. Although the crypto market experienced some slight lows in the past week due to the resurging COVID-19 caseloads, the market seems to have bounced back again. In the past 48 hours, Bitcoin gained +9% as it nears $11,000 for the first time in 11 months. Additionally, amongst the top 100 highest market capitalized crypto assets, 20 of the 30 projects that have had positive gains in the past day are in the top 40. The past couple of months were all about Defi and altcoins having all the fun. But the narrative has quickly switched back to bitcoin and large-cap assets like Ethereum, Ripple, and Tether
  11. An Igbo woman that's a Doctor in USA who has cured COVID patients with Malaria Drugs right there in US. Her name is Stella Nkechi Emmanuel. She was trained in Nigeria. Attended Medical School here in Nigeria. She is angry that people are dying of COVID 19 in US when there are drugs that cure it. She is angry that Government is saying there is N"o Cure" to COVID when there Malaria Drugs can cure it. She gave this interview in US White House. Trump brought her to end the numerous COVID 19 deaths in USA. Watch and Comment. Facebook (6).mp4
  12. Npower graduates cried out on the street of Abuja in a short protest just to be employed in order to provide positive service towards National growth and increase on National productivity but was denied these right as law-abiding graduates and national citizens . Regretfully to hear on national TV this very morning the graduation of over 601 Boko Haram terrorist who will now be gainfully employed and well treated after wasting innocent lives and destruction which has contributed immensely the backwardness of our national social economy development and with my eyes full with tears this afternoon as I sit on my bench in front of my one-room apartment thinking of such happenings ,I must say this isn't democracy by practice or neither is it a fair leadership idea towards its citizens . The system lacks transparency and accountability and as a matter of fact it lacks the attributes of a developing nation. One will begin to wonder if crime now pay far better than being a lawful citizen ,I mean the Government should make it's citizens see a way forward . Should we all go into crime in order to be given equal treatment and to be paid amnesty ? Our present day Government does not give listening ears to pressure groups , civil societies ,protest or neither do they respond to the needs of the poor masses and this is totally wrong . The Npower graduates deserves better rewards like permanency .it is not as if Nigeria has reached its peak of development that it no longer needs human labour as workforce that these youths has to be disengaged from their respective services . My biggest question over the disengagement issue is whether the government are ending crime and poverty, or they are increasing it . Sincerely speaking ,the issue of embracing criminals all in the name of a spoken repentance is questionable because no Nation negotiate with terrorist which is a true national integrity . The Npower youths after being disengage then how will this contribute in the pursue of ending crime and unemployment? Let these youths be given jobs into the military and paramilitary which has the national defence top secret files and not giving such jobs to repented book Haram that will later be giving out top intelligent files to its members secretly . If militants amnesty is still ongoing after over 12 years ,then why can't we retain these graduates ? I am using this opportunity to plead with the federal government to give this opportunity to these Npower beneficiaries as a bid to end insecurity in the country . @Menoke Leonard
  13. Citing fears of a possible spread of COVID-19 among inmates, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, has asked the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to take Big Brother Naija (BBN) off the air, multiple sources have told TheCable. The reality show, which entered its fifth season on July 20, is one of the most watched programmes on cable TV in Nigeria. On Wednesday, Armstrong Idachaba, acting director-general of the NBC, told senior management members that he had been directed by the minister to shut down the show, TheCable learnt. The commission was to use fears of spread of COVID-19 as the reason, citing directives from the presidential task force (PTF), insiders said. Mohammed reportedly wanted the letter shutting down the show to come from the NBC because of the general opinion that he is bent on sending MultiChoice Ltd, producers of the show, out of Nigeria. He is believed to have launched political moves against MultiChoice in order to pave the way for his main consultant to make a return to Pay TV after previously failing. However, insiders told TheCable that the NBC management was not well disposed to the move to shut down BBN, with some of them saying there was no basis for it. A director is said to have reminded the meeting that NBC had already sought explanation from Multichoice on a possible violation of COVID-19 protocols with the airing of the show. The letter was sent on July 1, before the show began. MultiChoice replied with detailed explanations on measures taken in collaboration with the Lagos state government, whose agency, Lagos State Safety Commission, gave the green light for the show. Also, MultiChoice said in the letter that housemates had been screened prior to the show and that the BBN House had been decontaminated and adapted to ensure sufficient physical distancing, in addition to eliminating the use of live audience. All inmates went through a mandatory two-week isolation during which COVID-19 symptoms would have manifested if they had the disease. A second director is said to have told the meeting that participants of the show had maintained the safety protocols, notably generous use of hand sanitisers, since it started on Sunday. Idachaba, who is reportedly fighting to be confirmed as the substantive DG, was asked to request the minister for a written directive. However, the acting DG was said to have told the meeting that he would have no other option than to carry out Mohammed’s order — the same way he altered the broadcast code to please the minister despite public outcry. TheCable could not reach the minister for comments as he did not pick his phone or reply messages. The ministry’s spokesman, Segun Adeyemi, also did not respond to calls. Joe Mutah, Mohammed’s chief press secretary, directed TheCable to speak to NBC. Idachaba, in his response to TheCable, simply said BBN will not be taken off air but did not provide any further information.
  14. This is to inform all the 37 reps of Npower beneficiaries across the federation that there will be a grand protest at the gate of presidential Villa on Wednesday , the 6th day of August 2020. The peaceful protest will be in continuation of our effort towards continuity or a better exit package which must be giving to us before exit . The President through the office of the vice president had promised Npower beneficiaries to vote for APC so they can continue and we will not accept to be used and dumped like toilet papers . Our demands are simple ; 1. A better exit package of at least a million naira . 2. Permanent Employment. 3. Or on the alternative , continuation of the Npower till 2023 . We should not joke , this the time for us to make noise or ever be silent .a closed mouth is a closed destiny .
  15. Thirteen reverend sisters who all worked and lived together at a Michigan convent have died from Coronavirus, with twelve sisters passing in the span of a month. From April 10, which was Good Friday, to May 10, twelve sisters ranging in age from 69 to 99 died of COVID-19 at the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary convent in Livonia. A 13th sister, Sister Mary Danatha Suchyta, died of the disease on June 27 at age 98. Sister Mary Danatha had been a member of the Felician congregation for 80 years, and all 13 who died were members for at least 50 years, according to a list provided by Suzanne English, executive director for mission advancement for Our Lady of Hope Province, which oversees the 469 Felician sisters in about 60 convents around the U.S. and Canada. Forty-four Felician sisters now live at the Michigan convent, down from 57 in April, English said. Another 17 sisters had the disease but they all recovered.
  16. President Muhammadu Buhari has been spotted wearing a face mask for the first time publicly, as he arrived Mali for the ECOWAS peace mission. Buhari face mask This is the first time the president would be wearing a face mask publicly since Nigeria reported its first case of COVID-19 infection in February. West African leaders, including Buhari, arrived in Bamako, the Malian capital on Thursday, to find solution to the worsening political crisis in the Francophone country. Despite the increase in Covid-19 cases in Nigeria, Buhari had continued to appear in meetings without wearing face masks. See more photos of him rocking the mask as he arrived Bamako, Mali.
  17. A police officer was on Friday, July 17 caught red-handed in a compromising situation with a Covid-19 patient whom he was supposed to be guarding. According to a police report, the incident happened at The Agricultural Training Centre in Busia County which serves as a Covid-19 isolation centre. The place is guarded by three police officers and three warden officers where both remandees from Busia Prison and ordinary sick members of the public are kept in separate wards. At about 10 pm, as is routine, two officers both wardens from Busia GK Prison conducted their normal patrol within the facility. One of them started engaging a patient in talks. His colleague felt uncomfortable and proceeded to the guard room. He informed other officers what was happening and they all went to check on what was taking place. However, the suspect and patient had already moved from where the officer had left them conversing. The officers became suspicious and started looking around and in the process, heard noise and commotion coming from the womens ward. “They rushed to the scene and found all the patients outside and complaining that the prison officer was raping the said lady patient,” the police report read. Authorities say when they went into the woman’s room, they found her and the officer naked in bed. One of the women quarantined at the facility, however, told police that the said-Covid-19 patient had consented to the act, but only changed her narrative when she learnt that the other female Covid-19 patients in the ward had known what she and the cop were doing. The suspect was arrested and quarantined at the same facility. His firearm was confiscated by senior officers from the Busia GK Prison.
  18. Due to the rate of the increase in pandemic in the country,the federal government postponed the west African senior school certificate examination from August 4 which it was formally scheduled for till January next year, in the interest of the students,to protect them from the deadly disease. After this decision was made it didn't go well with most children including their parents, this was what created an avenue where parents starts to protest against it saying they want the WASSCE to hold this year After all said and done the Federal Government and West African Examination Council (WAEC) have agreed to make the examination commence this year and have shift the date for the commencement of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) to September 5, 2020 An announcement was made by the minister of State for Education on Friday that after the meeting between the examination body and the government, September 5, 2020 has now been fixed as the new date for the examination. He explained that this decision was the result of the meeting between the Federal Government and officials of WAEC’s Nigeria office on Monday stating that both parties have agreed to further conclude with four other countries on new examination date.
  19. Russia is the fourth-most affected country in the world with more than 750,000 COVID-19 cases. A top government official has revealed that Russia could make available a vaccine for the treatment of the coronavirus disease as early as September. This announcement is coming after Russia had denied that hackers working for the country’s intelligence agency tried to steal sensitive data from researchers in the UK, US and Canada. The head of the Russian wealth fund, while stating that a deal has been agreed with AstraZeneca to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the pharmaceutical giant and Oxford University, explained that there was no need for Russia to steal vaccine data. According to the Chief Executive of government-backed Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev, ‘’Russia may be one of the first to produce a vaccine against the backdrop of the billions that are being invested in the U.S. and all the pharma companies working on it. It’s a little bit of a shocking story.” The RDIF is financing one of the country’s efforts to develop a vaccine.’’ The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has made finding a vaccine a top priority as the country has recorded more than 750,000 COVID-19 cases. This makes it the fourth-most affected country in the world. The approach that is being employed by Russia in the race to be the first country to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 would be ignored in other countries. Moscow claims that it will know in just 3 months of trials if its leading candidate works. Dmitriev’s comments is coming against the backdrop of accusations from U.K., U.S. and Canada, that hackers working with the group APT29, part of Russian military intelligence, had used malware to try to seize vaccine research. The RDIF boss pointed out that Russia had no need to steal information from rival vaccine developers because it had already signed a deal with AstraZeneca Plc to manufacture the University of Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine at R-Pharm, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Russia. R-Pharma is an RDIF portfolio company. He said AstraZeneca is transferring the entire technological process and all ingredients for the full reproduction of the vaccine in Russia. He said, ‘’Everything that is needed to produce the British vaccine has already been transferred to R-Pharm. AstraZeneca has already signed commitments to transfer all production of the British vaccine to R-Pharm.“ Dmitriev had said that Russia’s acquisition of the British developed vaccine was designed to complement and not replace its own home-grown vaccine, that is the one that Moscow is focused on developing. Their home-grown vaccine is set for regulatory approval by next month and will be administered to a large swath of the Russian population. AstraZeneca did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It is not clear if they would transfer all the technology needed for Russia to produce the vaccine or if the agreement involves the British pharma giant sending the vaccine seed stock to manufacturers needed to start off production. devland Some western countries are not convinced that Russia has the expertise to produce its own vaccine by September. A pharmaceutical analyst at the research firm GlobalData, Peter Shapiro while sounding cautious said, ‘’We don’t think that’s realistic. Russia like other countries could approve the vaccine for political reasons. The regulatory hurdles in Russia are low.” He also said that it is not likely that such a vaccine, if approved by Russia, would be accepted by the western countries. He also said that Russia does not have a history of innovative vaccines that can be approved in major markets like the US, Japan and Western Europe Like & share
  20. Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President in an interview with News Agencies, advised the government against taking such chances unless parents would be told to sign an undertaking. He said, “Look, Kenya has said they have closed all their schools till next year (2021); they too have exams to write. Safety first. If it means closing the schools until next year to safeguard the lives of Nigerian children and safeguard the health of all Nigerians, so be it. “So, if that will help us to address cases that can lead to increase in mortality, I think Nigerians should go that way and all of us should see reason for it. If they need to cancel admission for the year, it is good for them. Life matters first, people must have life first before they can go to university. Are the universities ready to work now? “Our position is that they should not experiment with the lives of our children. Nobody can tell; the situation may soon normalise and they can do their exams and there is another opportunity for external candidates around November. So, it’s not as if the door is totally closed”. Ogunyemi said any attempt to reopen schools now amounts to experimenting with the lives of Nigerian pupils. He, however, added that pupils may return to their schools only if the government could meet all the conditions necessary for school reopening. “The first thing that should be tackled is whether schools are safe. And if the schools are not safe, why do you want to carry out an experiment with the lives of our children? An attempt to send back the children to school at a time there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria is like experimenting with the lives of our children. “If they put all the things in place, including social and physical distancing, sanitisers, kitting the children as we see in other places, decontamination with water flowing in the schools and all the gadgets, why not? So, if government can meet all these conditions, then they can reopen the schools. But if they cannot meet all these conditions, they should not experiment with even 10 students in any school.” Due to the rise in coronavirus cases in Nigeria, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has advised the Federal Government not to experiment with the lives of Nigerian students by allowing them to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination earlier scheduled to begin in August. The union said it supports the government’s earlier decision to stop the SSS3 students from writing 2020 WASSCE, saying schools should be shut down until 2021 ‘to safeguard the lives of Nigerian children and safeguard the health of all Nigerians.’
  21. African leaders are turning on their citizens as efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus fall short and already fragile healthcare systems struggle to cope with an influx of patients. The message from governments in several nations that initially praised their citizenry for supporting efforts to contain the pandemic has shifted, with some officials now chastising them for not doing enough. The change in tone marks an attempt by the continent’s leaders to absolve themselves of some of the responsibility for the escalating number of infections, and head off potential social unrest, said Amaka Anku, head of the Eurasia Group’s Africa practice. They’re “reminding voters that the government has set out clear rules that people need to follow,” Anku said. “So if some people don’t follow it, government shouldn’t be blamed.” Infections took off relatively slowly in the world’s poorest continent after many nations imposed stringent lockdowns, but confirmed cases soared as economies reopened, breaching the 600,000 mark this week. Maintaining physical distancing has proved difficult in many crowded slums, and appeals to wear masks have often gone unheeded, with some questioning the seriousness of the disease. The increased severity of the pandemic “may create a recipe for political unrest,” said Dismas Mokua, a political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. “Citizens who are unhappy with the status quo will blame the government for both errors of omission and commission that result in increased infections and deaths, as well as lost economic opportunities.” In South Africa, which has almost half the continent’s confirmed virus cases, the government has faced criticism for imposing some seemingly arbitrary lockdown rules that caused undue economic hardship. While the authorities initially conceded they had made mistakes and pledged to rectify them, President Cyril Ramaphosa went on the offensive this week and railed against those who went on drinking sprees, organized parties and failed to wear masks in public. Ivory Coast’s government this week said it would enforce the mandatory use of masks in public after its advice to do so went largely unheeded, and urged citizens to maintain physical distancing. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta cautioned that rescinded curbs on movement will be reinstated if citizens fail to do their civic duty to keep the pandemic in check -- a warning echoed by Ghanaian Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. In Nigeria, the authorities have increasingly emphasized that citizens must take responsibility for their own health and warned that those who neglect to wear masks or maintain physical distancing will face arrest. Several hundred people have already been prosecuted. Citizens do have to exercise personal responsibility, yet their individual impact on the trajectory of the disease is limited, Mokua said. “It is the responsibility of political leaders to offer direction” and flatten the infection curve, he said. “They cannot pass the buck.”
  22. Democratic Representative Donna Shalala said Florida’s Covid-19 outbreak is “totally out of control” and called for a lockdown of the third most-populous U.S. state. “It’s terrible,” and talking about reopening schools is “ridiculous,” Shalala, whose South Florida district sits within Miami-Dade County, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” She faulted the Trump administration and Governor Ron DeSantis for reopening the state too soon, adding that low-income minority residents were bearing the brunt because employers are demanding they return to work. “It’s the working poor, it’s seniors, it’s now young people and it’s totally out of control,” said Shalala, who served as Health and Human Services Secretary under President Bill Clinton. “We need to close down again in Florida.” DeSantis has declined to impose a mask-wearing mandate in Florida, which reported a record 156 virus-related deaths among residents on Thursday. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has signaled he wouldn’t rule out a full lockdown after imposing restrictions including a 10 p.m. curfew in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Florida deaths and new infections have slowed in the last two days; on Sunday the state reported that cases had risen by 3.7% against the previous 7-day average of 4.1%. “I care deeply about the economy, but first I care about human life,” Shalala said. “With our hospitals filled and the lack of appropriate testing and getting results, the lack of medicines -- we’ve had to beg for medicines that would save lives -- we simply cannot protect the economy if we don’t protect the lives of the people in our community,” she said.
  23. The United States on Sunday recorded 63,872 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally. That put the total number of cases in the US, the nation hardest hit by the global pandemic, at 3,762,081, the Baltimore-based university said at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday). Another 514 deaths were reported, bringing total fatalities to 140,474. The US has recorded more than 60,000 new cases every day for the last six days, peaking at a record 77,638 infections on Friday. President Donald Trump, in a Fox News interview broadcast on Sunday, again defended his handling of the pandemic, claiming that the US was “the envy of the world” on testing. Referring to his early prediction that the virus would disappear, he said, “I’ll be right eventually.” He again opposed any national mandate for mask-wearing, saying, “I want people to have a certain freedom.” Like & share
  24. School Resumption For Certificate Classes: All JS3, SS3, Final Year Students, Should Take Note Of This. Nigerian students have been at home since march, 2020. There have been issues on whether students should be allowed to go back to school most especially the certificate classes, so that they can write their final examination. Students should always remember that Nigeria president in person of Muhammadu Buhari made some decisions on school resumption, he once approved school resumption for all the certificate classes, but he later reversed his opinion as a result of increase in the number of active cases of Covid19 in Nigeria. Pending the time that the federal Government will reopen schools, all certificate classes should take note of this, so that by the time they finally resume, they will be able to prevent themselves from Covid19. 1. All Nigerian students must make sure they always wear their face mask, as it will help to curb the spread of Covid19. 2. All the certificate classes that is SS3, JS3 and final year students must observe social distancing. 3. They should make it a habit to always wash their hands. Finally, all students must ensure to stay safe.
  25. For most of the teachers, the last time they received any semblance of payment from their schools was in April with many getting between N5,000 and N10,000. With the school lockdown in its fourth month and no sign of schools’ reopening following the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, the fear that they and their loved ones may die from hunger should they continue to be silent on their ordeals. Their cry for help at the weekend moved well spirited Nigerians on micro-blogging site, Twitter, to do giveaways solely targeting private school teachers. One of such gestures was that initiated by influencer, @Mazigburugburu1 which indicated that N400,000 will be shared at N25,000 each to 16 private school teachers who must show proof that they were private school teachers. Stating why they should be chosen for the gift, some of the teachers posted their identity cards, pictures with pupils, last credit alert received among other things. One of them, Afolabi Awodeyi, a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) holder in Computer Engineering who said he lectured at a Polytechnic before the lockdown claimed he earned N7,000 per course in a semester (four months.) “I have not won anything before. This is one of my lecture notes in the Polytechnic where I earn N7,000 for a course in a semester not a month. I take four courses every semester and that amounts to N28,000 per semester not per month. A semester= four months “I would love to go into catfish farming and production and I have done my survey and financial analysis but to even see startup capital is another problem,” he said.

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