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Coronavirus kills former Director-General of Nigeria Law School

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Former director-general of the Nigeria Law School, Dr Kole Abayomi, has died in the United Kingdom (UK) after contracting coronavirus.

Abayomi died on Thursday, April 3, a statement by the secretary of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN), Seyi Sowemimo, SAN, disclosed.

“The BOSAN Secretariat wishes to announce the death of Dr Koleade A. Abayomi SAN, OON, who died in the early hours of today, 2nd of April, 2020 in London,” Sowemimo said.

“We deeply mourn the sad loss of our departed colleague and pray that the Almighty God grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Abayomi was born on the 20th of August, 1940. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1966 and admitted to the Inner Bar in 2005. He taught at the Nigerian Law School and rose to the position of Director-General in November 2004.

“He retired in 2005 and went into private practice and consultancy in Lagos until his death. He’s survived by his wife, children and great-grandchildren,” Sowemimo said.

One of his colleagues Dele Adesina SAN said Abayomi held the ideals, values and virtues of the Legal Profession exceedingly high.

“Dr Kole Abayomi SAN built his reputation on what was all the way positive such as proud parentage, sound legal education, high standard of legal practice, elegance, decorum and self-confidence. These qualities will remain indelible in our hearts,” Adesina said in a separate statement.

A 68-year-old Nigerian doctor Alfa Saadu also died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in the UK after contracting coronavirus.

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School reopening: FG considers morning, afternoon classes

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School reopening: FG considers morning, afternoon classes

As the nation continues its fight against Covid-19, the Federal Government has disclosed that it is thinking of sectionalising classes for primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the country ahead of school reopening amid the pandemic.

This disclosure was made by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba on Wednesday during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

While faulting reports that schools would reopen in the country on June 8, the Minister said the government could not afford to take any costly risk, especially as it regards the safety of pupils and students in the country.

He said, “Until we are sure these children can go to school, return safely and not bring up with them COVID-19 and infect people who are more susceptible than they are, then we are running a huge risk and God forbid, in our hurry, something happens to our children, I am not sure how anybody will be able to retrieve what has been lost.”

Nwajiuba said the ministry is being guided by the advice of experts as well as those of the World Health Organisation, noting that the decision to reopen schools in the country would be carefully arrived at because education is on the concurrent list of the Nigerian Constitution.

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He appealed to private owners of schools in the country to co-operate with the government in ensuring the safe reopening of schools in the country.

“We are going to publish a specification on what we expect COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 reopening to look like. We are not talking about coping with COVID-19 but in spite of COVID-19, we expect that we will adapt.

“For a country that has over 115,000 primary schools, you will understand that 35,000 of these who are private must agree to set up the same standard in other to allow children to go in.

“We may have classes in the morning and classes in the afternoon so that we will have the whole of the infrastructure divided provided they can serve us. I am not sure we will have classes at night. But we can do with morning and afternoon for now,” he explained.

 

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Covid-19: Cases in Oyo firm, iSON Xperiences, rise to 151

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The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has confirmed two more COVID-19 cases from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda Local Government Areas of the state.

Governor Seyi Makinde, who made the disclosure via his verified Twitter handle, on Tuesday, said the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State had risen to 244.

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The number of cases from iSON Xperiences is 151.

The governor wrote,

“The COVID-19 confirmation tests for four suspected cases came back positive. Two are from iSON Xperiences and one case each from Ibadan South West and Egbeda local government council areas.

“The total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State is 244.

“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, fever, tiredness, body ache and shortness of breath.”

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Expect delays, long hours of checks, re-checks, FAAN warns ahead of airports reopening

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Coronavirus: FAAN postpones aviation conference

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it has put in place arrangements on passenger facilitation, ahead of the resumption of flights.

The General Manager Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, stated this while speaking at an aviation webinar organised by Women in Aviation (WIA) Nigeria with the theme: “Aviation: The New Norm in the post-COVID-19.”

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Yakubu warned passengers to expect delays and long hours of checks and re-checks from when they arrive at the airport until they depart.

She said noted escorts of VIPs would no longer be allowed to follow their principals into the terminal.

“We are going to expect flight delays, flights will experience delays from checks and re-checks. If you are travelling, I will expect a potential traveller to leave home hours before his flight. Why do I say this?

“Because there is going to be a lot of checks in the front of the terminal we have been told that some may activities and procedures will take place in front of the terminal. So air travellers are expected to leave home very early so that they can get to the airport on time,” Yakubu said.

 

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