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Parents, teachers in dilemma as Oyo government plans to reopen schools on Monday

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Teachers and parents in Oyo state are in panic mode over the decision of the state government to reopen schools on Monday, July 6, despite the rising cases of Coronavirus across the country.

During the week, three Commissioners in the state and a number of medical experts tested positive for the virus.

Presently, Ibadan is not a city where many wear facemask or observe social distancing. Hustling and bustling in the major markets remain unchecked, as locals still believe that coronavirus “can infect only rich and powerful individuals who spend long hours in air-conditioned rooms.”

The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, had while speaking during the meeting of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, described the plan by the state government to re-open schools as insensitive, The Guardian reports.

“For you to decide to unleash this in the public in the face of the pandemic is to be insensitive. Nigeria has not gotten to optimal testing, so we cannot forecast where this epidemic is most positioned. The least we can do is to keep our children under lock and key until we are sure it’s safe.”

“When you say the education sector opens, you are opening transporters, food sellers, and the like. The country cannot afford it now,” he said.

A widower and social worker in one of the private hospitals in Ibadan, Mr Tade Oguntunsi, captured the mood of parents and teachers in the state.

He said:

“I became a widower about four years ago. As a single father, I am struggling to cope with raising our four children and three of them are in a public secondary school in Mokola while the youngest is at a public primary school, also in the same area. We know the facility in all these schools; if my salary could cope with sending my children to private schools, I know good schools my children should attend.

“To me, it is suicidal to allow students to resume now. I won’t take that risk. I will rather take them to other states to continue their education. We know children will play and share things among themselves. Which other state in the Southwest is taking that risk? Why the hurry?”

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Flood ravages Abeokuta community on Saturday(photos)

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VIDEO: Fire guts Marian market in Calabar

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Traders at the Marian market in Calabar, the Cross River state capital, are currently counting their losses after a fire erupted in the market in the early hours of today, July 4.

The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Marian market is the second-largest market in the state.

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COVID-19 patient gives birth in Oyo

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Oyo State has recorded the first delivery of a COVID-19 patient at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo, Ibadan.

This is as nineteen new cases returned positive while two deaths were recorded.

Chairman, State Task Force Governor Seyi Makinde gave the update on Saturday.

While noting that the new baby and mother are both doing well, Governor Makinde said the latest death brings to 14 the number of casualties recorded in the state.

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He said “We had our first Covid-19 patient delivery at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo. The mother and baby are doing well.

“The Covid-19 confirmation tests for nineteen suspected cases came back positive.

“The cases are from Ibadan South East (3), Ibadan North (3), Akinyele (3), Lagelu (2), Oluyole (2), Ibadan North West (2), Egbeda (1), Ido (1), Ona Ara (1) and Oyo East (1) Local Government Areas.

“So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State today is 1451.

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