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Covid-19: Kogi Sets to Reopen Schools

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The Kogi State Government on Tuesday announced the reopening of schools at all levels on September 14, 2020, including Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions in the state.

The State’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones made the announcement at a press briefing on Tuesday 1st September, 2020 in Lokoja.

According to the Commissioner, the State Government arrived at this decision after series of interaction with the relevant stakeholders and assessment of both private and public schools in the state to ascertain their level of preparedness and safety for reopening of schools from Covid-19 break.

”You will recall that His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, had directed the closure of all schools from primary to tertiary institutions in the state from March 23rd, 2020, because of the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.

”’Subsequently, upon the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education, exit classes were opened for Primary 6, JSS3 and SS3 in Kogi on August 10, 2020, to particularly allow the SS3 classes to prepare and write the WAEC examination.

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”Therefore, upon further review having had several meetings with relevant stakeholders, His Excellency has directed that all schools in Kogi State should fully reopen on September 14, 2020, that is two weeks from today”, he said.

The Commissioner stressed that the state government arrived at this decision after assessing the situations of schools especially for the exit classes that had resumed, saying ”we have not recorded any negative report as far as Covid-19 pandemic is concerned.

”Hence, His Excellency dimmed it fit for every school to open for full academic activities.

He, however, advised and encouraged all heads of every school to ensure full compliance with the Covid-19 protocols which had been clearly set out by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19.

He noted that all these details and guidelines on Covid-19 protocols by PTF were available and in public space.

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”The ministry will review the state’s Academic Calendar accordingly to reflect on the new development, and the details would be worked out and released to the relevant stakeholders in due course before resumption.

”However, we encouraged that all relevant educational stakeholders like ANCOPSS, ASSUS, SUBEB, NAPPS, Heads of Tertiary Institutions in Kogi State, NUT, STETSCOM and every other stakeholders are very free to liaise with us at the ministry for further clarification.

”We are equally informing the general public, parents, guardians, schools heads that we are very particular about the health and safety of our learners in Kogi State.

”So, the State Government will not stop at anything to ensure that our learners are kept in good condition as far as Covid-19 pandemic and indeed other diseases or health issues are concerned”, he said.

He, therefore encouraged everybody to play their roles to ensure personal hygiene reiterating that personal hygiene remained the personal responsibility of everybody.

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”For the higher institutions, I have personally placed direct telephone calls to the heads of all state’s tertiary institutions and I had discussions with them to ascertain their level of preparedness. It appears that all of them are fully ready for schools’ reopening.

”We have equally asked them to get in touch with the ministry should there be any further requirements in order for them to make their institutions safe for the benefit of students and staff”, the Commissioner said.

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Lagos APC Lawmaker Distributes 300 JAMB Forms To Youths

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Mr Abiodun Tobun, a lawmaker representing Epe Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has obtained Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for 300 youths in Epe.

Tobun, the All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmaker, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Epe, on Friday.

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He said that this was the sixth edition of the distribution of free JAMB forms to youths in the Epe community.

“The beneficiaries for this year were more than the previous edition and they were drawn across Epe Constituency.

“Education is the bedrock of development of any community or society and I believe once the youths are built educationally, the nation is also built,’’ he said. push({});

The lawmaker said that his priority was to build a better society by developing the youths through education.

“I give out the free JAMB forms to the youths because I want to encourage them to grow mentally, spiritually and economically.

“With such development, we can have the respite that we have built a safe, secured and prosperous environment.’’

He also said that he has many programmes toward empowering farmers, fishermen and people with disabilities.

“The idea is to give back to the community that made me what I am today.

“My constituency people believe in my quality representation, hence, this encourages me to do more by giving back to the people,’’ he told NAN.

Tobun also used the opportunity to wish all Muslim faithful, Ramadan Kareem and prayed that “may the peace of Allah be upon every one of us’’.

He urged the fasting Muslim to remember Epe, Lagos state and Nigeria in their prayers.

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NGO To Train 1,180 Girls, Women Nationwide on ICT Skills

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A non-governmental organisation, Women Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) is set to train 1,180 girls and women nationwide on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills.

The Head of Communications and Research of the organization, Mr Yemi Odutola, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

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According to him, the training will be conducted through W.TEC’s ‘MakeHer Space’ programme.

Odutola described MakeHer Space as a hands-on technology training project for ladies, carried out in partnership with Google.

Odutola said the initiative was designed to motivate selected ladies to create technology and engineering-based solutions that would solve problems in their communities and provide information about career options. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“The programme is designed to cater for young women mostly from lower-income households living in communities where the MakeHer Space-targeted populations reside.

“We will be training girls between ages 10 years and 17 years (in school) and ladies that are 18 years to 25 years (out of school).

“The programme is targeting 1,180 participants this year,” Odutola said.

He said that with the completion of the pilot phase, the programme would be extended from Lagos to other states, including Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi and Abuja.

Odutola said that due to COVID-19 pandemic, virtual sessions for out-of-school participants would feature classes on electronics and digital circuit technologies, mechatronics, and problem and market research presentations.

He said that the out-of-school group programme would run for one month, with each session lasting for two hours.

Odutola said the in-school group would meet once a week for one month, adding that each session would last for four hours.

“This training is targeted at teaching girls and women to create technology and engineering-based solutions that solve problems in their communities.

“It will also help young women to develop abilities to work in teams and in engineering-centered projects, develop marketable and practical skills in art design, mathematics and critical thinking,” he added.

According to him, W.TEC will also be running a programme tagged ‘MentorHER’.

He said the programme scheduled for six months was designed to link successful women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as mentors to selected female undergraduates of those courses.

“The new cycle features mentors from all over the world, who have been mentoring our ladies from their diverse fields in STEM.

“There are 25 mentors and 25 mentees currently involved in an ongoing cycle, a bigger membership is planned for the next cycle slated to commence in the last quarter of this year,” Odutola told NAN.

He said that the organisation would also be running other programmes which would include Early Innovators for children, Staying Safe online programmes and Inclusive Technology for all (designed for physically challenged people). 

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Hon. Datti Charge Nigeria Youth to Engage in Vocational Training

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The House of Representative Member, Hon Garba Datti Muhammad, representing Sarbon Gari Federal constituency Kaduna, has charged the Nigerian Youth to think outside the box by engaging in vocational and skillful training.

He reiterate this during a courtesy visit by the National Association of Kaduna state students in Abuja recently.

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Honourable Datti encouraged the students to think outside the box and advocate for vocational training, considering the surging populace that can barely be catered for.

He insinuated that the federal government may not be able to employ everybody, hence the need for the students to be more productive to face the inevitable challenges that comes after graduation. push({});

The contingent of student that comprises of students from ABU Zaria, Kaduna State university, Federal polytechnic Zaria, and Kaduna Polytechnic had seized the opportunity of the African Youth summit that took place in Abuja to visit the House of Representative Member.

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