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Breaking: Ogun Former Senator Dies of Covid-19 Complications

A former Senator from Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu has died of COVID-19 complications.

The news of his death was confirmed by Sen. Ben Murray Bruce via a twitter post earlier today.

Kashamu was said to died at first Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. He was 62 years old.

The former Senator was a member of Peoples Democratic Party and served in the 8th National Assembly.

He was the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election and lost against Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress in distance 4th.

Breaking: FG Orders ‘Exit Classes’ To Resume Next Week, WAEC Starts August 17

The Nigeria Government has ordered schools in the country to reopen for graduating pupils and students next week Tuesday, 4th August and 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 4 th ’ , 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.

The PUNCH 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 explained that Secondary schools in the country are to reopen from the 4 th of August 2020 for exit classes only and Students will have two weeks with which to prepare for the West African Examinations due to start on the 17 th of August 2020 .

It further said that 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.

was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from the 4 th of August 2020 , to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17 th of August 2020 .
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It was also gathered in the statement that 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 .

Also another meeting would 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.

Buhari Names Railway Stations After Prominent APC Stalwarts, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has named railway stations along the Lagos – Ibadan and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta- Warri corridors after “ deserving citizens who contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large ”.

This was contained in a statement by the Ministry of Transportation on Monday titled, ‘ Buhari Names Railway Stations After Prominent Nigerians ’ .

According to the statement signed by the ministry ’ s Director, Press and Public Relations , Eric Ojiekwe , the minister disclosed that the Apapa Station has been named after the All Progressives Congress stalwart , Bola Tinubu ; the Abeokuta Station named after respectable Nobel Laureate , Prof Wole Soyinka, while the Ajaokuta Station was conferred on Olusola Saraki, the late father of former Senate President , Bukola Saraki.

Also honoured were; Mobolaji Johnson ( Ebute Metta Station ) , Babatunde Fashola (Agege Station ), Lateef Jakande ( Agbado Station ), Yemi Osinbajo ( Kajola Station ) , Funmilayo Ransome – Kuti ( Papalanto Station ) , Segun Osoba ( Olodo Station ), and Micheal Ibru ( Opara Station ).

Others include ; Ladoka Akintola ( Omio- Adio Station ), Obafemi Awolowo ( Ibadan Station ) , Alex Ekwueme (Operation Control Centre ) , Adamu Attah ( Itakpe Station ) , Augustus Aikhomu (Itogbo Station ) , George Innih ( Agenebode Station ) , Anthony Enahoro ( Uromi Station ) , Tom Ikimi ( Ekehen Station ) , Samuel Ogbemudia ( Igbanke Station ) , David Ejoor (Abraka Station ), Alfred Rewane ( Ujevwu Station ) and Mike Akhigbe ( Railway Village, Agbor ) .

Recall that earlier Buhari approved that the name of the railway station in Agbor , Delta State , be called Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station and Complex .

Nigeria First Female Combat Pilot Dies At 23

The Nigerian Air Force has announced the death of the country’s first-ever female combat helicopter pilot, Tolulope Arotile, who died at age 23.

Miss Arotike was said to have died in the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna as a result of head injuries sustained during an accident which occurred in the evening of Tuesday, July 14.

According to the NAF statement on Twitter, Flying Officer Arotile was commissioned into the NAF in September 2017 and was the first ever female combat helicopter pilot in the service.

The NAF also noted that during her short but impactful stay in the service, late Arotile contributed significantly to the efforts to rid the North-Central states of armed bandits and other criminal elements by flying several combat missions under Operation GAMA AIKI in Minna, Niger State.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiqque, has on behalf of officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the NAF, commiserates with the family of late Flying Officer Arotile over this irreparable loss.

NAF prays that may the Almighty God grants her soul eternal rest.

Arotile was an indigene of Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Breaking: FG Orders Federal Schools Not To Reopen

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has disclosed that federal schools would remain closed until it is safe to reopen them.

He also said that it has stopped students from participating in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations earlier scheduled for August 4 to September 5.

Adamu Adamu , disclosed this to newsmen at the end of a meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also urged state governments that have announced school resumption plans to rescind such.

Adamu stated that the West African Examinations Council could not determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria .

He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to heath dangers amid the coronavirus pandemic .

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