Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Don’t reopen varsities now, Chancellor tells FG

The Chancellor and founder of Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu, Ile Ife, Dr Abdulrahman Adedoyin, has urged the Federal Government not to reopen universities and other schools, including that of students, who are about to sit for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination if the figures of new cases of COVID-19 being released daily are correct. School Resumption


Adedoyin, whose position is different from many other founders of private varsities, said this in an interview with our correspondent in Ibadan on Monday.


The founder of Oduduwa University said it was not safe to ask students to return to schools amidst the rising cases of coronavirus being recorded all over the country.


He, however, said schools, markets, churches, mosques and other places should be reopened if the government had realised and accepted that the people would have to live with the virus for a long time.

Adedoyin also called for the dissolution of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, because despite the huge amount of money the committee  claimed to spend every day, the cases had continued to soar.


He said, “ As far as I am concerned, It is better to be alive than to die. If the Federal Government is right with the figures of rising cases of coronavirus everyday, schools should not resume at all.” School Resumption
WAEC Exams Will Start By August 17, Schools To Reopen By August 4 – FG
The Federal Government on Monday asked schools in the country to reopen for graduating pupils effective August 4.

It also announced that this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination would commence on August 17. This was contained in a statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong.

In the statement titled, ‘Exit Classes To Reopen August 4th’, the ministry said the agreed dates were part of the resolution reached after a consultative meeting with the education commissioners of the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders.
Imsugist had earlier reported that the FG initially announced that the 2020 WASSCE would start on August 4 through September 5 but later cancelled the planned reopening of schools for graduating pupils citing health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic which had necessitated the closure of schools across the country since March. However, the statement signed by Goong on Monday read, “Secondary schools in the country are to reopen from the 4th of August 2020 for exit classes only. “Students will have two weeks with which to prepare for the West African Examinations due to start on the 17th of August 2020. “These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, the proprietors of private schools and the Chief Executives of examination bodies. “It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4th of August 2020, to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August 2020. “The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public-spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast-track the preparation for safe reopening, as agreed. “Another meeting is to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and the Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.”

Monday, 27 July 2020

FG announce date for school resumption (Exit )








The Federal Ministry of Education on Monday announced that secondary schools for exit classes will resume on August 4th.

This was announced in a statement signed by its Director Press and Public Relation, Ben Ben Goong.

Goong said the decision was reached at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, the proprietors of private schools and the Chief Executive of examination bodies.


The Ministry further stated that students will have two weeks to prepare for the West African Examination, WAEC, which will start on 17th of August.

“Secondary schools in the country are to reopen as from the 4th of August, 2020 for exit classes only.

”It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from 4th of August, 2020 to enable them prepare for WAEC examinations which will commence on August 17th, 2020.



”The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and public-spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable fast track the preparations for safe reopening.

”Another meeting is to be convened tomorrow between the Federal Ministry of Education and the Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonize their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.”
















Thursday, 16 July 2020

NANCE 2020 General Election - Vote Your Preferred Candidate


NOTE: THIS IS A DEMO TO USHER THE MAIN NANCE 2020 ONLINE CONVENTION. PLEASE OVERLOOK THIS TREND AS IT WILL BE GOING DOWN SOON. THANKS


National Association of Nigerian Campus Editors (NANCE) 2020 convention - Vote Your Preferred Candidate(s) here.


VOTING RULES: 
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2. Voting moderation is on to ensure Tranquility.

3. You can only vote a candidate in each category.

4. It’s optional to vote in all categories. 


HOW TO VOTE 
1. Click your preferred candidate, scroll down and click vote. 

2. Voting ends Friday, 17th July 2020 at exactly 10:45am

Good luck to everyone.








Monday, 13 July 2020

Joy Nunieh: I Slapped Akpabio For Sexually Harassing Me

Joy Nunieh, former acting managing director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), says she slappped Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, for sexually harassing her.

Speaking on Monday, during an interview on Arise TV, Nunieh said the incident happened at the minister’s guest house in Abuja.

She said her reaction to the alleged harassment proved her intolerance for “nonsense” as a woman from Rivers state.

“Why did he not tell Nigerians that I slapped him in his guest house at Apo? I am the only woman that slapped Akpabio. He thought he could come up on me. He tried to harass me sexually,” she said.

“I slapped him. He tried to come on me. I am an Ogoni woman and nobody jokes with us. I showed Akpabio that Rivers women do not tolerate nonsense.”

The former NDDC MD also accused Akpabio of trying to inflate the NDDC budget.

She said the minister directed her to include some projects from the refugee commission in the budget of the NDDC.

“Akpabio wrote me to put a list of projects from the refugee commission in the budget of NDDC. Refugee commission is another federal government commission for IDPs,” she said.

“How do you tell me to put some of their projects in the NDDC budget when we have so many things to do in the Niger Delta? How do you explain that?”

Nunieh and Akpabio have made allegations against each other following the activities of the senate ad hoc panel investigating the alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the interim management committee (IMC) of the NDDC.

Akpabio had told the panel that he knew nothing about the expenditure of the NDDC under Nunieh because she refused to give him briefings.

But Nunieh alleged that the minister engineered her removal for failing to follow his orders.

“When we first came to the NDDC, on the day of going for the inauguration, he told me in the car that Madam MD, If you don’t do what I say, the same pen which I use to sign your letter, it will be the same pen I will use to remove you,” she had said.

Nunieh had also alleged that Akpabio asked her to change the dollars in the NDDC account; sack the head of the legal team who is from the north; remove all directors who refused to follow his instructions and also to implicate Peter Nwaoboshi, chairman of the senate committee on NDDC.