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‘June 8 School Reopening, Not From Us’ FG

The federal government has described the purported reopening of schools on June 8 as a baseless news and however reeled out the procedures in place to reopen schools throughout the Federation.

This was made known by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba while reacting to the June 8 resumption news. He said the news is baseless and fake.

The Minister explained that schools will remain closed until it is safe four school goers to return home safely without bring back Covid-19. He also said the federal government is not ready to take the risk of reopening schools now.

He said the Federal Government will rely on the opinion of experts and the guidance of the World Health Organisation before announcing any school resumption dates.

Nwajiuba said government is working on a model to ensure that all the children did not return to their schools at the same time to ensure physical and social distancing as well as proper sanitation and hygiene.
The plan entails adopting a two-shift system and allowing those who will write exams to return earlier than others.

He urged state governments and owners of private schools to plan ahead on how to ensure maximum safety when the resumption plan is unveiled.

Covid-19: Private School Owners Beg FG for Grants

Private school owners, under the auspices of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), have called for provision of educational grants by the federal government to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic and to bail out the sub-sector from imminent collapse.

The NAPPS President, Chief Yomi Otubela, who gave an analysis of the impact of the pandemic on private education emphasised that the financial palliatives from the federal government will enable private schools to meet monthly obligations to their staff and remain afloat.

Making a case for the sub-sector, Otubela pointed out that the number of private schools in the country stands at 83,524 with 34,614,169 learners and 1.143 million teaching and non-teaching staff.

The over one million teaching and non-teaching staff, he said, work assiduously towards transforming the lives of the Nigerian children, pay taxes to the government and undertake other civic responsibilities in the country.

He also called on the federal and state governments to take over the payment of staff of private schools’ salaries within the period covered by the COVID-19 lockdown.

“The reason for this suggestion is that, in many schools, March 2020 salaries have not been paid in full or not paid at all.
“Again, second term school fees had not been completely collected before the lockdown,” he noted.

He further requested for a non-interest loan for private school owners to ensure that private schools keep running during post-lockdown era, as parents may find it challenging to meet up with their financial responsibilities as soon as schools are reopened.

NAPPS also suggested that the re-opening of schools should be in batches, starting with the terminal classes including primary 6, JSS3 and SSS3 to enable them adequately prepare for their external examinations.

BREAKING: FG Receives Native Cure For COVID-19 From Madagascar

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that they have taken delivery of the native remedy for the COVID-19 from Madagascar.

President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, has taken to tweeter to announce on this Saturday that the Federal Government of Nigeria has take delivery of the native remedy for the COVID-19 from Madagascar.

Mr Garba says samples of the native remedy were brought by the President of Guinea Bissau, Umaro Embalo.

However, he noted that President Buhari reiterated that all necessary procedures will be put in place before allowing traditional or any new medicines to be administered on Nigerians.

Covid-19: ‘Madagascar Offers Us Its Herb, We Did not Request For It’ FG

The Federal Government said yesterday it did not beg Madagascar to supply its COVID-19 syrup to Nigeria, explaining that the country donated the elixir which was accepted in the spirit of African brotherhood.

These were disclosed Thursday in Abuja during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19.

Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, dismissed speculations that Nigeria might have asked Madagascar for a supply of its COVID-19 organic, instead of promoting local researchers for a cure.

He said: “The issue of Madagascar. Let me explain that Nigeria did not ask Madagascar for any solution. That has to be very clear because I have seen some narratives out there giving credence to a line of story.

”That, for me, is only distractive. Nigeria did not ask. The Madagascan government decided to airlift quantities meant for African countries and so that of West Africa was airlifted to Guinea-Bissau. So, all the members of ECOWAS have their commodities off-loaded in Guinea-Bissau and that was the one I referred to, that we were making arrangements to evacuate.

”But the impression out there was as if we abandoned homegrown solutions and were looking for Madagascan solution. We did not ask for it, but it was taken in the spirit of brotherly love, or African brotherly love.

”We have asked our ambassador there to establish the location, the quantity etc. He has done that. We have to make an arrangement for its freighting out of Guinea-Bissau. There are no flights, so there are so many things we have to consider.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, told journalists to refrain from asking him about the whereabouts of a 15-member Chinese Medical Team which entry into Nigeria on April 9 generated a wave of backlash from Nigerians.

Buhari Appoints New Chief Of Staff

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, has been appointed the new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. With his appointment, he replaces Mallam Abba Kyari, who died last month of COVID-19.

Gambari, who was Buhari’s Foreign Minister and confidant as military Head of State in the 1980s, met with the President at about 8am on Tuesday at the State House, Abuja.

The new Chief of Staff will resume work at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
Gambari, as foreign minister, played a key role in quelling the diplomatic uproar generated by the failed attempt to kidnap Mallam Umaru Dikko from UK by the Buhari military government.

A scholar and seasoned diplomat, Gambari served as minister of External Affairs between 1984 and 1985. He was appointed by former United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon and the chairperson of the African Union Commission as Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur in 2010.

He also served as Special Adviser on the International Compact with Iraq and Other Issues for the UN Secretary General. Prior to that, he served as Under-Secretary Generay of the United Natio for the Department of Political Affairs (DPA).

The new chief of Staff, an Ilorin prince, was born on November 24, 1944.

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