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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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Girl-Child: APWEN Set To Conduct Quiz Competition In Kogi

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The chairperson of the Association of Women Engineers of Nigeria Kogi State Chapter Engr Mrs Joan Oguche has disclosed that the Association is set to conduct inter School Competition in Kogi State.

Engr Joan Made this revelation in Lokoja while addressing Press Men noting that the essence of this Science Quiz competition targetted Girl-Child is to encourage their participation in Science subjects which will in turn boost their confidence to study Engineering Courses at the Tertiary level.

“what we are pursuing is to ensure we encourage Girl-child to pick up Science Subjects at the Secondary School Level with the intention of choosing Engineering as a career”.

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Oguche further said that the fear of studying Science Subjects has reduced the number of women in Engineering Profession in Nigeria relating that She will use her tenure as the current Chairperson of APWEN in Kogi State to stage Campaigns that will increase the interest of a girl-child in Engineering Profession in Nigeria.

“We have mapped out strategies such as going to schools to give Career talks to Girl-child, we have also created platforms with parents in various Schools in Kogi State where we can encourage them to convince their children and wards to develop interest in Science Subjects that could enable them go for Engineering Courses at the Higher Institution of Learning”

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She finally appealed to all the parents and teachers of Schools like Crowder Memorial College, Bishop Delis Secondary School, Government Science Seondary Shcool, Muslims Commuity Secondary School, Government Day Secondary School, Government Secondary School Serikin Numa and other public schools within Lokoja Metropolis to avail their girls for the Science Quiz competetion slated to hold in Lokoja at the NIWA Coference Hall on Monday 16th of August, 2021 adding that educational materials Such as Laptos, Science Books, Mathsets, Calculators and other science learning materials shall be distributed to students that perform well.

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2021 UTME: JAMB Releases Result

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of candidates who sat in more than 720 CBT centres for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted between Saturday, 19th and Tuesday, 22 June 2021.A press statement signed by the Board’s spokesperson,

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Dr Fabian Benjamin urged concerned candidates to check their result by sending UTMERESULT to 55019 through the GSM number they used to obtain profile code for UTME registration and their results would be relayed to them.

The statement added that the results for subsequent days would be released daily.

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According to the statement, the Board  expressed satisfaction that the utilisation of National Identification Number (NIN) has helped in curbing examination malpractices as the exam has recorded the least incidence of irregularities since the inception of the CBT examinations in Nigeria. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“Nevertheless, the Board would still review all the CCTV footages and other technical gadgets for detection of possible examination misconducts.”Extremely comparatively few results are being withheld for further investigation.”

In addition, the Board would not hesitate to withdraw the results of any candidate subsequently found to have committed any form of examination misconduct,” the statement 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.

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.

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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.

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“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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