President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with foremost educationist, scholar, poet and community leader, Chief Alexander Olu Ajayi, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.
The president, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Public, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Thursday, joined family members, friends and associates to give thanks to God for Ajayi’s gift of long life and good health.
Buhari also saluted Ajayi for a life devoted to sharing knowledge and contributing to the smooth running of many academic institutions.
He commended the fact that Ajayi had no other motive than to impact the education sector of his country positively, right from 1953, when he took a degree at the Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, to post-graduate studies in University of London in 1954.
“This saw him serving at great schools as tutor, and eventually becoming Principal at Fiditi Grammar School, Oyo, at the tender age of 26.
“Chief Ajayi joined the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in 1959, and later the University of Ife, where he rose to become Deputy Registrar,’’ he further stated.
While noting that the nonagenarian is a man with deep passion for his community, the president commended his serving twice as Chairman, Ekiti Central Local Government, without remuneration.
Buhari recommended this altruism to the younger generation, as he wished Ajayi good health and sound mind.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria records 288 new cases, total now 44,129, with 896 deaths
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Monday.
The agency said that eight new deaths were reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 896 across the country.
The NCDC said that the new infections were recorded in Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and 13 states.
It stated that Lagos topped the list with 88 new cases, while the FCT reported 25 fresh infections.
Among others were Kwara, 33, Osun, 27, Enugu, 25, Abia, 20, Kaduna, 17, Plateau and Rivers, 13 each, Delta, 10, and Gombe, 8.
The agency stressed that states with fewer cases include Ogun, 4, Oyo, 3, Katsina, 1 and Bauchi, 1.
According to it, till date, 44,129 cases have been confirmed, 20,663 cases discharged and 896 deaths recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Meanwhile, the health agency added that washing of hands frequently with soap under running water was one of the best ways to stop the transmission of diseases like COVID-19 from person to person or after touching contaminated surfaces.
“#TakeResponsibility to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy.
“This election period, #TakeResponsibility by adhering to guidelines to protect ourselves and loved ones from COVID-19, including Physical distancing, Use of hand sanitisers and Use of face mask,” it advised.
“In Nigeria, use of hydroxychloroquine is only limited to clinical trials.
“Please #TakeResponsibility and avoid self-medication,” it stressed.
The agency warned that a high percentage of those infected with COVID-19 did not show any symptom of the disease.
“So, to protect yourself and everyone around you, wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands frequently and follow all guidelines from the NCDC website,” it said.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)
Buhari mourns Khalifa Tidiane Niass, Senegal-based Islamic leader
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the demise of Sheikh Ahmed Tidiane Niass, Grand Khalifa (leader) of Tijjaniyya Islamic movement in Africa.
The President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said Buhari’s condolence message was addressed to President Macky Sall, government and people of Senegal as well as millions of members of the sect in Nigeria.
President Buhari said: “It is really sad news for all of us to learn that our beloved Khalifa, Sheikh Ahmed Niass, has passed away in Senegal.
“Sheikh Ahmed Niass, who took over from his father, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, did not at all disappoint the large followers of his greatly adored father.
”He will be remembered for his impeccable service to Islam and passion towards the sect’s followers, which has a large body in Nigeria.”
The Nigerian leader recalled that June, 2018, Sheikh Ahmed Niass visited the State House, Abuja, accompanied by some eminent Nigerians including President of BUA Group of Companies, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabi’u.
President Buhari, on behalf of government and people of Nigeria, prayed “for the eternal repose of his departed soul.”
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Buhari writes Funtua’s family, says he’s pillar of support to his govt.
President Muhammadu Buhari has written a personal letter to the family of the late publisher and businessman, Isma’ila Isa Funtua, describing his demise as major national loss.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
In the letter, written in Hausa language, the president told the bereaved wife, Hajiya Hauwa, the children and the entire family members that the loss of Funtua was not theirs alone, but that of the entire country.
He said: “Malam Isma’ila was of great assistance to me and my administration. He helped in many ways to strengthen the government and the country before his ultimate demise.”
The president recalled that Funtua, in his active politics, served as a minister.
”He was also a businessman and contractor who built several government buildings in Abuja.
“He was a director of Funtua Textile Mills for 30 years and chaired the Zamfara Textile Company. He was also a life executive member of the board of the International Press Institute (IPI).
“Nigerians of all shades and backgrounds have nothing but kind words for him.
“The late Isma’ila was reputed throughout his life for his kindness, generosity and support for public causes, the big and the not-so-big,” he remarked.
Buhari urged all those left behind by the deceased not to allow division in their ranks.
He prayed Allah to forgive the departed and grant him Aljannatul-Firdaus (paradise).
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
WAEC: Kano Govt. to fumigate 528 schools
Kano State Government says it will fumigate 528 public and private schools to make it safe for students writing their West African Examination Council (WAEC) in the state.
The government also fixed August 10 for the reopening of schools for the exit students in the state.
The Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Sa’id, made the disclosure at a news conference on Monday in Kano.
Sa’id disclosed that Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje had directed the Ministry of Environment to decontaminate the schools to make it safe for students and teachers as well as create conducive learning environment.
He said that the governor also directed the Ministry of Health to commence free distribution of face masks, sanitiser, hand-washing facilities and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the schools.
The commissioner added that the state government would also offered free COVID-19 test to students and teachers in public and private schools.
Sa’id explained that the 528 schools comprised of 199 public and 328 private institution are to go through fumigation.
The Commissioner noted that the one-week grace starting from Monday Aug. 3, was to enable principals and proprietors to make necessary preparations and evolve adequate measures against COVID-19 pandemic in schools.
“The Ministry of Education directed principals to make arrangements to received SS III boarding students on Aug. 9 while day students are to resume on Aug. 10.
“Accordingly, the ministry warned that no school is allowed to reopen before Aug. 10; principals are to ensure maximum compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
“They should reduce hours of work/revision to four-hours per shift; strict adherence to social distancing, in classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels.
“Consistency of temperature monitoring and provision of emergency isolation rooms for identified suspected cases before handing of the affected case to the health authorities.”
Sa’id said that proprietors of private schools were directed to report to the Kano State Private and Voluntary Institution Management Board, to obtain permission on clean bill of health.
While principals of public schools are to report to the Kano State Senior Secondary Schools Management Board for scrutiny and approval.
According to him, 11, 046 registered candidates are expected to sit for the WAEC examination in 528 designated centres in the state.
“The ministry is encouraging schools to continue the e-learning education programme using the Google classrooms, radio, televisions and other platforms until normalcy return to the academic environment,” he said.
While commending Gov. Ganduje for his support and commitment to the free compulsory education initiative, Sa’id thanked partners, stakeholders and development organisations for their supports.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)