The Adamawa Government has fixed Aug. 4, 2020 as the resumption date for students in primary six, as well as Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) and Senior Secondary Schools (SSS) students that will be writing their terminal examinations.
This is contained in a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital, Mrs Wilbina Jackson, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Yola.
“Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri has directed that the resumption date for the 2019/2020 Academic session in the state for the existing students in Primary six, JSS3 and SSS3 is Aug. 4, 2020.
“Subsequently, resumption is to be observed strictly within the necessary COVID-19 preventive guidelines as outlined by the NCDC,” she said.
She listed the guidelines to include: frequent and proper hand washing with soap or rubbing of hands with alcohol-based sanitizer, use of face masks and maintaining physical and social distancing.
“And in view of that, the ministry will liaise with critical stakeholders for smooth resumption ” Jackson said.
She called on traditional rulers, religious leaders and other stakeholders to educate their wards and communities over the development.
The commissioner also advised proprietors of private schools to liaise with the ministry for guidance and direction before opening their schools. ( NAN)
Edited By: Huseyn Mbar/Peter Dada (NAN)
10,000 professionals to participate in 2020 ICPSP COVID-19 virtual conference – Registrar
In a statement issued on Monday, Adelakun said that the virtual conference holds on Aug. 8.
She said that the participants would include experts and professional in the corporate and public sectors.
She explained that the conference would also add value to the economy and discuss the role of the third-party of the sector during and after the pandemic.
“Expected outcomes from the conference include opportunities amidst COVID-19 and how to manage the risks and opportunities during a challenging moment.
“Also, how ICPSP as an institute and its members can lead a change agenda in other to foster economic recovery, poverty eradication and nation-building,’’ she said.
Prof. Babatunde Yusuf, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Lagos State University and Keynote Speaker for the conference, was quoted in the statement as lauding the institute for its initiative to steer such discussion amongst professionals at this period.
“I am highly honoured to be selected among people of high repute to give a keynote address during the conference and suggest to the society, the methodology and measures to be taken during and after the pandemic,’’ he was quoted as saying.
Mr Olanrewaju Sharafa, the lead paper presenter said it would be a great privilege for him to speak on the topic: “Extreme Poverty: A symptom of COVID-19 in Africa during the conference”.
Mr Moshood Taiwo Chairman, ICPSP 2020 Conference, expressed optimism that the conference would be one of the best so far and would add value to the economy and the profession.
Comrade Agnes Sessi, Chairperson, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Lagos State Council, expressed hope that the conference would be of tremendous help for professionals to gain more knowledge in diverse ways.
“It is a great honour and privilege for me to be nominated as one of the guest speakers at the conference to speak on ‘health matters’, during and after the pandemic,’’ she said.
Mr Raheed Lateef, ICPSP, Chief Examiner, said it would be a great achievement for the institute to bring together experts during a global crisis to proffer solutions in handling various challenges during and after the pandemic.
The theme of the 2020 conference is “Lessons From COVID-19: Sharing Ideas with Experts”.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Unilorin Law student wins International Bar Association contest
A 300 Level student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Miss Famuyiwa Olushola, has won the maiden edition of the International Bar Association (IBA) Vlogging Competition.
According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, Olushola award letter, written by Anna Toth, the Divisions Administrative Assistant at IBA headquarters in London, United Kingdom, informed her of being selected as the winner of the IBA Vlogging Competition in the law student category.
“It received many impressive videos from all over the world which were all assessed based on topic, quality and professionalism”.
The award letter, dated July 28, 2020, outlined the details of the award to include two years’ free student membership with the IBA, waived registration for either the Law Student Conference or a Young Lawyer Training Day, taking place in 2021.
Others include round trip economy airfare to attend the selected event and accommodation at conference hotel for the selected event.
In her reaction, Famuyiwa, expressed happiness over the award, describing it as a great impetus for her to work harder towards making a great career in the legal profession after her graduation and call to Bar.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)
COVID-19: Virologist urges scientific proof for discoveries
He said that the current spate of controversies and conspiracy theories about the Coronavirus were either manufactured or circulated by people who were not core medical scientists.
He decried the way some medical scientists neglected the proper culture of scientific communication and adopted other means of forcing their claims on the public.
“Scientist should endeavour to present clear scientific data to appropriate approving authorities to verify their claims and to pass an objective verdict.
“Appropriate scientific communication is done through scientific publications, which may either be full length research papers, case reports or even short communication.
“Evidences or claims should be presented in a documented manner through scientifically approved journals or editorials, and the scientific community must read and perform systematic reviews or meta-analysis of the data generated,” he said.
The scientist noted that unfortunately there was an upsurge in verbal, emotional, confrontational and near political crusades by some medical scientists who had either resorted to the use of social media platforms or some conventional media.
This act, he said, fell short of their expectations as scientists and weakened the scientific engagement on peer review platforms.
“I urge scientists to regroup and reconsider their approach to science communication in this era of the pandemic as it would eliminate unnecessary controversies.
“Efforts should also be geared toward generating information and inventions that the world so long for to tackle the pandemic.”
The virologist noted that controversies were part of the evolution of new knowledge or paradigm shift in science.
He, however, added that new knowledge must be communicated rightly with modesty, clear and verifiable evidence to back up claims.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Monarch urges strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols
Oba Mufutau Oyekanmi, the traditional ruler of Asipa (the Alasipa of Asipa) Ilufemilloye Fashina V111, near Ipetumodu in Osun State, has urged Nigerians to support the government on strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols to curtail the spread of Coronavirus across the country.
He made the call on Monday at Asipa in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun when he met with some journalists in his palace.
The monarch commended the efforts of the local, state and Federal Government on measures put in place to ensure safety of lives of the citizenry in tackling
Oyekanmi said “recently, government took bold steps at the right time to curtail the spread of Coronavirus by not allowing congregational prayers.
“Some people were not happy with the ban of the Muslim Eid festival prayer by the Osun State Government but it is simply because of us so we
can celebrate many more of Eid el-Kabir.
“We thank God by sparing our lives to witness this because it’s the living that celebrates.”
Sikiru Ayedun, former Osun State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism, said
Ayedun said that the order of the state government on no Eid prayer for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir was because of the COVID-19 “and a
test of faith.
“Whatever people are doing today is part of sacrifice, because at this point in time, our faith is being tested.”
The former commissioner assured that at the end of the tunnel, there would be a new dawn, but Nigerians should seek peace,
tranquility and live with one another in brotherliness.
Alhaji Eluyera Oyewole, former Education Secretary, Ife South Local Government, Ifetedo, Osun State, said that “everyone has
now realised that COVID-19 is real and that the pandemic is killing both the rich and the poor.
“Osun State Government did not make mistake in banning congregational prayer for the Eid el-Kabir festival, for this can increase human contact
during celebrations and that can cause more infections.
“Thank God for our government that is 100 per cent proactive, by doing the needful, else, it will have spread the virus.
“Government is doing its best; we urge for support from all by obeying the COVID-19 protocols.”
In the same vein, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole, former Permanent Secretary, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), commended
the efforts of the state government for trying to save the lives of the citizenry against COVID-19.
Kolawole said that banning congregational prayer for this year’s festival was a welcome idea, saying this is just for a brief period as it would not last forever.
He asked everybody to co-operate with government on directives given, adding that“COVID-19 is a joint task that government alone cannot fight.
“Very soon, COVID-19 will be eradicated, whereby things will be normalised educationally, economically, socially.”
He urged all and sundry to co-operate with local, state and Federal Government in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus by strictly adhering
to the use of face mask, regular washing of hands with soap and sanitizer, as well as keeping social distance, among others.”
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)