NECO shifts exam over #EndSARS protest

The National Examination Council (NECO) has rescheduled its Oct. 19, Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) following #EndSARS protest. Mr Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division, NECO said this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja. “This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the NECO has been constrained to reschedule the Paper one Computer Studies Practicals earlier scheduled to take place on Oct. 19, to Nov. 16. ​”This unforeseen incident has been caused by the #EndSARS protest that blocked the free movement of transport…

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IPPIS: Again, FG, ASUU meeting ends in deadlock

The meeting between the Federal Government and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, platform last night ended in deadlock. There were heated arguments between representatives of Federal Government and ASUU as the two parties maintained their positions on PPIS. The meeting took place at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja. As the meeting progressed, the quiet atmosphere suddenly changed when a top member of ASUU delegation accused the Minister of Labour and Employment,…

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COVID-19: Lagos announces reopening of all classes

The Lagos State Government has fixed October 19 for the resumption of all categories of students in the state. This is contained in a statement issued on Monday afternoon by the state’s commissioner for education, Folasade Adefisayo. The statement, which was signed by the spokesperson for the education ministry, Kayode Abayomi, however, appealed to the management of both private and public schools in the state to ensure adherence to safety guidelines and protocols. It added that the resumption, which is for the commencement of the 2020/2021 academic session, will now…

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IPPIS: FG issues fresh ultimatum to university lecturers

The federal government has given university lecturers a November 2020 ultimatum to comply with the directive to enlist on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) or be removed from the payroll. The ultimatum was contained in a memo dated October 8, 2020 from the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) to the vice chancellors of all federal universities. The memo entitled: ‘STOPPAGE OF SALARIES OF UNIVERSITY STAFF THAT ARE YET TO BE ENROLLED ON IPPIS PLATFORM’ was addressed to the bursars of the universities through…

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FG releases fresh guidelines for reopening of schools

The federal government yesterday released fresh guidelines for the reopening of schools in the country. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, made this known during a briefing in Abuja. PTF had okayed the reopening of schools in August with some subnational already reopening primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in their states. The federal government had ordered all Unity Schools in the country to resume with effect from October 12. Giving an update yesterday, Aliyu said, “The Federal Ministry of Education, the PTF…

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FG orders reopening of all schools

The Federal government has directed that all schools should be reopened and must adhere to the guidelines for the reopening of schools. Schools across the country were closed in March as part of steps to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made the announcement that schools should reopen during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday. He advised all institutions to obey and adhere to the guidelines for the reopening of schools, earlier announced by the presidential task force, which include the use of face…

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NUC issues new directives on reopening of varsities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has released new directives to Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian universities for the safe reopening of universities for academic activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a memo addressed to the Vice-Chancellors sighted, the Commission announced that steps have been taken towards the reopening of universities in Nigeria following a significant decline in the number of recorded cases of the virus in the country. According to the memo signed by Chris Maiyaki, Director, Directorate of the Executive Secretary’s Office, universities in Nigeria can now conclude their resumption arrangements…

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Schools Reopening: FG calls for caution, says ‘10% of COVID-19 cases are below 19 years’

The Federal Government has warned against flouting COVID-19 safety guidelines during school reopening to avoid a spike in infections. The federal government had asked school administrators to start preparing for the full reopening of schools after they were shut in March to check the spread of COVID-19. Speaking on Monday at the presidential task force briefing, Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, said there is growing complacency as the number of infections appears to be reducing. The minister said records show that 10 percent of all positive cases treated in the…

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FG tells states to decide resumption dates for schools

In its effort toward reopening schools, the federal government said it has given state governments the consent to decide resumption dates in their states. The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this during the presidential briefing Thursday night. Nwajiuba said it is important for all governors to adhere to the safety guidelines for the reopening of schools. It would be recalled that the federal government in July released a guideline for the reopening of schools at every level in the country. The report highlighted how the guidelines for…

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1,785 new lawyers called into Nigerian Bar

A total of 1,785 successful graduates of the Nigerian Law School were on Tuesday called to the Nigerian Bar. They emerged successful at the January Bar Examination, just as a total of 736 were said to have failed the exams. Giving a breakdown of the result at the Call to Bar ceremony held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, the Director General, Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu  (SAN), stated that a total of 2,515 students sat for the examinations but only a total of 1,779 were successful. He said out…

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