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School Reopening: PTF Announces Date For Full Resumption, Orders Students With Covid-19 Symptoms To Stay At Home

Students with Covid-19 symptoms has been ordered not to resume as schools partially begin this week.

The order was made by the Presidential Task Force on COVID- 19 national coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu during a press briefing.

He also faulted state governments asking students to produce results of their COVID- 19 tests before resumption.

The PTF coordinator said instead of compulsory test , which would only be valid for the period the test was conducted, students already showing symptoms of the virus should be asked to stay away.

Aliyu further noted that in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination , the SSS 3 students in Ogun and Benue have resumed yesterday, while their counterparts in Kano and Ekiti will resume on August 10 .

He also announced that the PTF would on Thursday release new protocols in the next phase of efforts to curtail further spread of coronavirus in the country .

‘Suspend Plan For New License Fee’ Minister Orders NIPOST

Dr Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy has ordered the Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) to suspend the new tariff on registration of courier services in the country.

The Minister ordered the suspension yesterday and said that the action was taken due to complaints by Nigerians against the hike.

Dr Pantami, under whose purview the supervision of NIPOST falls, took to his Twitter handle to reiterate the position of the government on the increment.

He tweeted:” Our attention has been drawn to an increase in license fees which was not part of the regulation I earlier approved for you. The chairman of NIPOST and the Post Master General were contacted yesterday to put the implementation on hold and send a report to our ministry by Monday”.

He further clarified that the power of regulation of NIPOST lies with the minister, and any change of fees must be approved by him.

Pantami concluded that he is aware of the economic challenges of NIPOST. However, considering the economic hardship of the Nigeria citizens, the need to suspend the plan is necessary.

‘Avoid Undermining Legislators’ Buhari Warns Ministers

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari has issued a stern warning to ministers and heads of government agencies not to ‘disrespect’ or ‘undermine’ the National Assembly.

Buhari who held a meeting with the National Assembly leaders, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila on Thursday said any form of disrespect to the institution by any member of the executive branch will not be accepted.

Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesperson who revealed the highlight of the meeting said the president frown against the recent happening in the National Assembly.

He said Mr. President said Ministers and all heads of Departments and Agencies should at all times conduct themselves in ways that will not undermine the National Assembly as an institution, its leadership and members,

The meeting comes on the day the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) walked out on a House of Representatives committee probing the NDDC’s finances.
The NDDC leadership accused the chairman of the House committee of corruption saying it would appear only if he steps aside from the probe.

Mr Buhari’s meeting with the national assembly leaders also occurs weeks after the minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo, accused lawmakers of seeking to hijack a government temporary work project.

‘What New EFCC Boss Must Do To Succeed ‘ Staff Give Tips

Some staff ofEconomic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have given out some tips to the newly confirmed Acting Chairman of commission, Muhammad Umar in order for him not to fall in to pit which swallowed his predecessor.

This is a coming after President Muhammadu Buhari had bring an end to the speculation about who would be the next EFCC boss by appointing the Director of Operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mohammed Umar, as the commission’s new boss.

The staff of the commission who pleaded anonymity reacting to the appointment said the it is a well deserved one, however for him to succeed, Umar must undo a lot of the decisions Magu made, like acknowledging ‘unjust dismissals’, some of which have been judged in court in favour of the staff, by effecting the judgments and reinstatement.

The staff again said that he must return the training of staff to the commission’s academy and return it to its pride of place before the emergence of Magu in 2015.

Another staff said he must also restore strict adherence and implementation of the rights and privileges of the staff of the commission by bringing back the implementation and enforcement of the Staff Regulations of our commission which had always been the yardstick before Magu,” another staff said.

A senior official of the EFCC said Umar must have the courage to recognize and acknowledge the ranking system of the commission and discontinue the internal strife that continues to grow within as regards promotion, responsibility of regulars who were usually made to condescend to police officers lower in rank on grounds of “experience”.

“He must undo the creation of many redundant and non-efficient zonal offices which Magu created with no sincere purpose but to siphon funds which otherwise would have been used for operation costs. He must pay cognizance to the specialized trained forensic and special duty officers and their units because they were trained at a huge expense only for Magu to transfer them out on a frivolous basis,” the official said.

In the same vein a female staff said the new EFCC boss must ensure that career progression as stalled by Magu to allow police superiority in the commission, be addressed as many promotions have been stalled for years.

She further said that he must ensure prompt payment of backlog of staff allowances which have altogether been stopped for years by Magu. She also added that delays in payment of operational travel allowances and nonpayment thereof must stop.

Another staff stated that he must begin to observe the rights of alleged persons in EFCC media publications in line with the adherence to the not guilty until proven guilty by law aspect, to avoid defamation of character and other unnecessary litigations by persons investigated.

He added that he must strive to achieve special courts for corruption to hasten the judicial process in corruption cases because our cases are sometimes deliberately made to linger for no reason.

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